Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer in Miami, FL
Seeking Justice After Preventable TBI & Brain Damage
Few injuries threaten a person’s well-being more than those involving the brain. Whether acquired as the result of an external force or caused by medical errors, oxygen deprivation, or toxic exposure, damage to the brain can change the lives of victims and families in profound and permanent ways.
As a firm nationally recognized for litigating complex claims involving catastrophic injuries, Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen is well aware of the far-reaching repercussions that can accompany brain injuries.
It’s why we help victims fight for the compensation they need, when they need it most.
Proven Brain Injury Attorneys Serving Florida & Beyond
If your loved one suffered a brain injury that could have been prevented, you may have the right to seek compensation for your harm and losses. That includes compensation for damages such as:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation, therapy, and other needed treatment
- Lost income and lost future wages
- Physical pain and suffering / emotional injuries
- Disability, death, and lost companionship and support
Since 1988, Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen has cultivated a legacy for litigating the most complex and high-stakes claims – including those involving traumatic brain injuries and various forms of brain damage.
Though highly technical and aggressively contested by insurers that want to pay as little as possible, brain injury cases can be effectively litigated and won. Examples of our brain injury results include:
- An eight-figure settlement for a victim who suffered a hypoxic brain injury after medical staff at a South Florida hospital failed to timely treat a heart attack.
- A $16 million settlement in a case where our client was left unattended after repeatedly pulling at her tracheostomy tube. She suffered severe brain damage, and requires 24-hour care.
- A $9.8 million settlement for a husband and wife whose twin babies failed to receive adequate care during labor and delivery, resulting in one of the twins suffering severe brain damage and permanent disability.
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Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Orthopedic Medical Malpractice
A Punta Gorda, Florida woman in her forties visited an ear, nose, and throat specialist for a check-up due to fatigue. After performing a brief examination, the doctor at the facility recommended that she undergo parathyroid surgery, however he did not order the necessary radiological scan that determines which side of her neck should be operated on. Without that information available, the surgeon began on the wrong side of her neck and did not realize his error until they were well into the procedure.
Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Settlement for Woman Who Lost Her Leg After Misdiagnosis
A woman in her sixties was brought to a hospital after she slipped and fell, injuring her leg and causing severe pain. During her treatment, the hospital staff failed to notice that the impact had caused a blood clot behind her knee, which was restricting circulation to the rest of her leg. Over time, the untreated clot cut off blood flow to the point where her leg was beyond saving and needed amputation.
Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Settlement for Family of Mother Who Died During Childbirth
In 2015, a 23-year-old mother began experiencing severe complications while giving birth in Charlotte County, Florida. The hospital’s staff did not give her the attention she needed, and failed to realize that her complications required an emergency transfer to a Sarasota County Hospital, which had the needed staff and equipment to treat her. The mother and her unborn child eventually died in the hospital.
Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Settlement for Misdiagnosis of a Blood Clot
A 68-year-old man was complaining about pain in his left leg, which was swollen, red, and painful. He went to a local emergency room, and the family asked the doctor if it was a blood clot. The doctor assured the family that it was not a blood clot but was instead cellulitis from a sunburn. When the patient returned home the next day, he died of a pulmonary embolism due to the blood clot that was initially suspected by the family.
Medical Malpractice Over $1 Million Settlement for Medical Malpractice Victim
A middle-aged man had a history of an aortic aneurysm. His plan was to fly to Stanford University, where a doctor was scheduled to repair the aneurysm. Rather than starting the transfer to Stanford the day he arrived, the hospital waited three days and then failed to get his insurance company to pay for the transfer. Tragically, while the patient was speaking with the insurance company on the phone about the transfer, the aneurysm ruptured, and he died.
Jury Verdict Against the University of Florida $23,500,000
A $23.5 million medical malpractice jury verdict against the University of Florida on behalf of a woman who suffered a massive stroke when a medical procedure to ease her migraines went wrong.
Jury Verdict on Behalf of a Former Major League Baseball Star $898,000
A medical malpractice jury verdict on behalf of a former Major League Baseball star against an ophthalmologist for negligence in the removal of a cataract and implantation of an artificial lens in our client’s left eye.
Medical Malpractice Eight-Figure Settlement for Victim of Nursing Medical Malpractice
A middle-aged woman was in a hospital recovering from a brain aneurysm. While recovering in her hospital room, she grew agitated and began pulling on the tracheostomy tube connected to her neck. The nurse on duty documented that she was pulling at her tubes six different times in 24 hours, and yet did nothing to prevent her from being able to dismantle the tubes.
Medical Malpractice Eight-Figure Settlement for Failure to Timely Treat a Heart Attack
After successfully opening and stenting a 53-year-old man's blocked artery, while in the recovery room, the patient suffered another heart attack, but this time it took medical staff nearly 90 minutes to get him back to the catheterization lab. Due to the delay, his heart stopped. He was revived in the operating room, but he suffered a hypoxic brain injury, causing massive brain damage.
Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Settlement for Victim of Cardiology Medical Malpractice
A 46-year-old man was undergoing heart surgery at a South Florida hospital after suffering a heart attack. During the procedure, the cardiologist perforated the patient’s left anterior descending artery. The patient died, leaving behind an 11-year-old daughter and wife.
Changing Lives by Changing The Law
Since our firm opened, we've made it our mission to get justice for our clients and their families. We've not only taken on cases that other firms had turned down, but we've also fought to get unjust laws and restrictions overturned or modified.
A Team of Legal Professionals
Complex legal cases require extensive research, trial experience, and industry knowledge, which is why we always have a team of attorneys working on every case we take on. Our team-centric approach to litigation means that we're able to really focus on getting our clients the best possible outcome.
There Are No Upfront Legal Fees
We handle all of our claims on a contingency fee basis and will handle all legal fees, court costs, and expert fees related to your specific case. With decades of experience in this industry, we have a wealth of experts we work with routinely to ensure your case is handled with the utmost care.
We Understand the Medicine
Our attorneys not only take the time to understand the evidence in your case, but also the pathology and medical techniques used in your specific situation. We believe that any attorney that takes on these types of cases needs to be on equal footing with medical professionals and physicians.
Brain Injury Causes
The brain is a powerful yet highly sensitive organ, and it can be damaged in many different ways. This includes brain damage caused by:
- Traumatic injury: Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are acquired brain injuries, meaning they are not present at birth. While the severity of a TBI and its impact on a person’s life can range, they typically result from trauma to the head, such as trauma sustained in car crashes, truck accidents, workplace accidents, and falls. In some cases, the brain can suffer trauma even without direct or blunt impact. External forces that cause the brain to shift, compress, or rapidly move within the skull can be enough to cause a TBI.
- Oxygen Deprivation: Brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen is an anoxic brain injury. These are commonly associated with near-drownings and diving accidents, birth injuries such as cerebral palsy, and medical mistakes that deprive the brain of oxygenated blood, such as anesthesia errors that cause strokes. While these injuries also vary in severity, the length of oxygen deprivation can increase the severity of damage to the brain.
- Toxic Exposure: Exposure to toxins can cause severe and fatal brain damage. This includes exposure to toxic substances or materials in the environment or workplace, and toxins contained in defective products or medications.
- Catastrophic Reaction to Stem Cell Therapies
TBI Severity: How Brain Injuries Are Classified
Brain injuries caused by trauma can be generally classified as mild, moderate, or severe. Although these classifications may lead a person to believe a “mild” TBI won’t cause severe symptoms, any brain injury can result in serious and long-term repercussions.
Brain injuries are notorious for their unpredictable nature, and for affecting victims in vastly different ways. As such, the terms “mild,” “moderate,” and “severe” don’t refer to the severity of symptoms a brain injury victim experiences, but rather the severity of the initial injury.
- Mild traumatic brain injuries, or concussions, are the most common type of TBI, and are diagnosed in individuals whose injuries result in less than 30 minutes of unconsciousness, and post-traumatic amnesia for less than 24 hours. A person can still suffer a mild TBI without losing consciousness, experiencing memory loss, or feeling immediate symptoms.
- Moderate traumatic brain injuries involve a loss of consciousness between 30 minutes and 24 hours, and post-traumatic memory loss for no more than 7 days. Moderate TBIs may be diagnosed when CT or MRI tests show transient changes in the brain.
- Severe traumatic brain injuries involve a loss of consciousness for over 24 hours, and post-traumatic memory loss for more than 7 days. Severe TBI is associated with lasting visible abnormalities on imaging scans, poor Glasgow Coma Scale scores, and increased potential for severe and lasting deficits, coma, and death.
Brain Injuries & Damages: Lasting Consequences
Brain injuries may come in many forms, but what they all have in common is the potential to radically alter the lives of victims and their loved ones. Although every case is unique, brain injury victims often face incredible physical, financial, and emotional setbacks as a result of their injuries, as well as significant fear and uncertainty about their futures and prognoses.
Brain injury symptoms may include:
- Cognitive Symptoms: Post-traumatic amnesia, memory or concentration problems, decreased awareness or ability to process, decreased executive function (i.e. critical thinking, problem solving, organization), disorientation, confusion.
- Physical Symptoms: Headaches, nausea and dizziness, fatigue, sleeping difficulties, vision problems (i.e. vision loss, visual field cut, blurred or double vision), diminished sense of taste or smell, increased sensitivity to light or sound, motor control problems, weakness, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and difficulties with speaking or feedings (aphasia).
- Emotional / Psychological Symptoms: Changes to mood and behavior, apathy, impulsivity, dependence, anger, fear or anxiety, depression, PTSD.
For some, therapy and treatment can help victims overcome some of the symptoms of a brain injury, or provide critical skills to manage lasting impairments or cognitive deficits, allowing a victim to resume normal activities, or maintain some self-sufficiency and independence.
For others, severe injury or damage can come with a lifetime of challenges, additional expenses, and losses. That may include:
- Lost income, lost future wages, and lost earning potential
- Extensive medical bills and future medical expenses
- Daily living assistance or nursing care
- Rehabilitation, therapy, and counseling
- Specialist treatment
- Medications and medical devices
- Lost quality or enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
Speak With a Miami Brain Injury Attorney: (866) 629-1061
Our legal team at Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen is passionate about fighting for the injured and their families. Backed by award-winning trial attorneys with over a century of collective experience, a network of professional connections with medical experts, and a full support staff, we have the resources to help those who have suffered the most severe losses.
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