Traumatic Brain Injuries

Bradford L. Jefferson, P.A. is a Fort Pierce, Florida personal injury lawyer dedicating a significant portion of his practice to cases involving traumatic brain injury (TBI) on behalf of clients throughout Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast.


TBI refers to brain damage suffered as a result of a sudden physical force, impact, or shaking.  Cases involving TBI are unique from other personal injury matters because the victim is generally dealing with a serious injury that may have life-long effects.  Causes of TBI include:

  • Falls
  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Cycling accidents
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Impact sports
  • Explosive blasts
  • Child abuse


Typical symptoms of TBI can include:

  • Some period of unconsciousness
  • Headache, dizziness, or confusion
  • Blurred vision or pupils dilated
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Inability to awaken from sleep
  • Weakness or numbness in the extremities
  • Aggression or agitation
  • Slurred speech


A TBI can lead to numerous additional medical problems, ranging from minor to serious.  Some potential complications include:

  • Coma
  • Seizures
  • Nerve damage, such as paralysis of facial muscles
  • Sensory problems, such as poor vision and coordination
  • Infections in the skull, which can spread through the nervous system
  • Problems with cognitive skills, such as thinking, speaking, reading, writing, and problem solving
  • Changes in personality, including depression, irritability, or impulsiveness
  • Increased risk of developing Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease later in life


Although the damage caused by TBI is often irreversible, treatment may help the injured party manage their condition.  Depending on the case, the victim may benefit from surgery.  Additionally, medication and a variety of types of physical and speech therapy can be used to help the victim endure symptoms and recover some speech and motor functions over time.

Seek Experienced Legal Counsel

Since symptoms of TBI can be long-lasting and the potential exists for complications down the road, compensation must be carefully calculated so that the victim is sufficiently compensated for the full extent of his or her damages - past, present, and future.  If you or someone you love has suffered a TBI and you believe the injury could have been prevented, seek advice from a personal injury attorney experienced in handling TBI cases.  Contact Bradford L. Jefferson, P.A. today for a free consultation.