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Brain Injuries

Fort Lauderdale Brain Injury Lawyers

Traumatic Brain Injuries in Florida

All injuries are to be taken seriously after accidents, but brain injuries are particularly dangerous both for their impact on lives and how commonly they occur. In 2014 alone, there were approximately 2.5 million traumatic brain injury-related emergency room visits in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including 812,000 visits involving children. While victims suffering any injury have a lot to think about when it comes to their medical bills and lost wages, brain injury victims also have to consider future costs of care and if there is lasting brain damage, they may have to quit their jobs and consider hiring a full-time nurse. Though your future may feel bleak, Ginnis & Krathen, P.A. can help you get your life back on track by filing a personal injury claim and holding negligent parties responsible for their careless actions. Our Fort Lauderdale brain injury attorneys have recovered millions for clients throughout Florida and are prepared to help you.

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Traumatic Brain Injuries Vs. Acquired Brain Injuries

Brain injuries are typically categorized as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and acquired brain injuries (ABIs) depending on how they can occur. ABIs refer to brain injuries acquired from illnesses or after a stroke. TBIs, on the other hand, are more common, especially in personal injury claims, and refer to injuries to the brain caused by external forces like a blow to the head.

Common examples of how TBIs can occur include:

  • Being struck by an object like debris or heavy equipment, or any object dropped from a height
  • Slip and fall accidents that end with the victim hitting their head on the floor or pavement
  • Foreign object penetrating the brain
  • Explosions
  • The head slamming against an object such as a window or steering wheel in the event of a car crash

Types of TBIs to Be Aware Of

The CDC categorizes TBIs as either penetrative or non-penetrative. A penetrating injury, or open TBI, occurs after an object penetrates the brain tissue and leaves it exposed. A non-penetrating injury, or a closed TBI, occurs after the brain has been jostled in the skull by an external force.

Most people are familiar with concussions, which is the most common type of TBI. A concussion is caused when the brain is traumatized by impact or momentum, which stretches the brain’s blood vessels and often results in a brief loss of consciousness or dazed sensation. While many concussions are minor and temporary, others can involve brain bleeding or swelling and result in permanent brain damage if they’re serious or fail to be treated by a medical professional.

Other types of traumatic brain injuries that can result from accidents include:

  • Contusions
  • Lesions
  • Hemorrhage
  • Skull fractures
  • Hematomas

Virtually any accident can cause a TBI, but our team has seen many TBIs after serious motor vehicle accidents. Car occupants, for example, can easily hit their heads on their steering wheels or other objects in their vehicles upon impact after a rear-end accident or head-on collision. However, in motor vehicle accidents involving motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, it’s typically the non-vehicle occupants who suffer the most debilitating injuries. This is because these particular victims aren’t restrained by seat belts or have airbags to protect them in an accident. Slip and fall accidents and construction accidents are also known to cause TBIs.

Damages Our Team Can Recover

TBIs have long-lasting impacts on victims. Permanent brain damage, for example, can result in cognitive and motor function disabilities like speech and communication issues, memory problems, and even a change in the victim’s personality. Other TBIs can increase a person’s risk of developing serious health conditions later in life like dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

If you’ve suffered a TBI, you’re likely facing thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages, and more. You may be considering hiring at-home nursing care, or a family member may have to quit their job to stay at home and care for you. Our lawyers can sit down with you to understand how your injury will impact your life and future. From there, we can build your case and prove liability so you can get the compensation you need. Whether you were injured by a negligent driver or property owner, you shouldn’t have to suffer any more than you already have. Our team is detail-oriented and ready to invest our time and energy into your case to ensure success.

Our team is available to help you take your first steps toward recovery. Call our brain injury attorneys in Fort Lauderdale for personalized service at (954) 833-7044. We offer free consultations.

Every Case Matters

Millions of Dollars Recovered in Successful Verdicts & Settlements
  • Fatal Truck Accident $3,000,000

    We recovered $3 million for the family of a pedestrian who was fatally struck in a truck accident.

  • Slip & Fall $2,950,000

    Our client slipped and fell on commercial private property due to a leaking roof. As a result, Ginnis & Krathen, P.A. was able to secure $2.95 million for our client.

  • Rear-End Car Accident $2,000,000

    Ginnis and Krathen successfully resolved a rear-end motor vehicle crash on behalf of their clients in the amount of $2,000,000.00. Our clients were driving south on I-95 when they were rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. The force of the crash was so significant that it sent our clients’ vehicle into a wooded area on the side of the road.

  • Motorcycle Accident $1,520,000

    Ginnis and Krathen successfully resolved a motorcycle crash involving a fatality in the amount of $1,520,000.00. The decedent was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a commercial vehicle.

  • Sidewalk Fall $1,400,000

    Ginnis and Krathen successfully resolved a Slip and Fall case on behalf of their client in the amount of $1,400,000. Due to the negligence of Defendant, our client fell in the common area of a 55+ condominium community and sustained significant injuries.

  • Rear-End Car Accident $1,350,000

    A drunk, uninsured driver going 60-70 mph crashed into the rear of a vehicle with a man and woman in their 70s and a 99-year-old passenger. Attorneys Eric Ginnis and H. Ross Zelnick successfully negotiated to obtain a $1.35 million settlement for the two seniors and the estate of the 99-year-old decedent.

  • Slip and Fall – Slippery Floor $950,000

    Our client slipped and fell on a very slippery polished marble floor. The carrier denied liability prior to a lawsuit being initiated. The attorneys at Ginnis & Krathen, P.A., after contested litigation,  we were able to reach a settlement for our client in the amount of $950,000.

  • Side-Swipe Auto Accident $900,000

    Ginnis and Krathen successfully resolved a side-swipe motor vehicle crash on behalf of their client in the amount of $900,000.00. Our client was operating his motor vehicle when he was sideswiped by another motor vehicle.

  • Automobile T-Bone Accident $750,000

    While traveling in their vehicle, our clients were struck on the side by a large pickup truck. Through aggressive presuit negotiations, with the Defendant’s insurance company, our attorneys were able to settle the case in an amount of $750,000.

  • Auto Sideswipe $650,000

    Our client was sideswiped by another vehicle and sustained injuries due to the crash. Our attorneys were able to settle the case in the amount of $650,000 for our client.


Client Testimonials

Real Stories, Real Recoveries
  • If we ever need a lawyer in the future they will be my first phone call

    “Ginnis & Krathen was not what I expected for a law firm. Eric and Milly are professional understanding and compassionate. If we ever need a lawyer in the future they will be my first phone call.”

    - Lisa T.
  • The best decision I made.

    “For the first time since the accident, I felt someone was on my side! I am very pleased with the settlement he negotiated for me, but more so for the personal level of service and professionalism during such a difficult time!”

    - Linda P.
  • Exceeded all my expectations.

    “I still can’t believe how they have exceeded all my expectations. They did an incredible job. I would strongly recommend them to anyone. Thanks so much. I’m so grateful a friend of my sister referred me to your office.”

    - Frantz M.
  • Knew exactly what was going on.

    “They all are friendly, and you won’t be passed off to a case manager. Any time I’ve called, I’ve spoken to an attorney or at least a paralegal. Some offices will pass you to a case manager or an intake rep. You won’t experience that”

    - Dee C.
  • Held my hand through the whole process.

    “Lissette went above and beyond the call of duty to help me. This group is awesome. They made a difficult situation pleasant and held my hand through the whole process.”

    - Julieanna J.

What Makes Us Different?

Learn About Our Unique Legal Approach
  • Proven Record of Success

    We have recovered millions of dollars in successful verdicts and settlements, including a seven-figure case that another firm turned down.

  • Trial-Ready Legal Advocacy

    Our personal injury attorneys have extensive jury trial experience and have collectively tried more than 250 jury trials to verdict.

  • Extensive Medical Resources

    Our firm benefits from a qualified network of medical experts who will waste no time in assessing your injuries, no matter how extensive.

  • A Network of Support

    When you hire us, you will benefit from the unwavering support of our attorneys, legal staff, forensic investigators and more. 

  • Personalized Legal Approach

    As our client, you can rest assured that your case will receive the personalized care and attention of a knowledgeable senior partner — no matter the size.

  • Maximized Case Value

    We are committed to maximizing the recovery that our clients deserve and have successfully settled cases that other law firms have turned down.