The Jesse James Law Firm frequently handles traumatic brain injury (TBI) claims including those involving penetrating injuries and closed head injuries.


We aggressively pursue brain injury claims across the State of Florida with our primary client base located in Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Manatee County, Sarasota County, St. Lucie County, and Palm Beach County. At the Jesse James Law Firm, we win when you win.


Our firm does not treat clients like a number of high-volume plaintiffs’ firms. Our cases and clients are carefully selected, and all of our clients are treated like family members. From the start to the finish of your case, you can expect to meet with me personally, not a paralegal, not a case manager, and not a legal secretary. Simply put, if you hire the Jesse James Law Firm, your case will get the personal attention it deserves.


As an experienced and aggressive Florida brain injury attorney, I am often asked many questions about the different types of brain injuries and what types of symptoms they cause. “Penetrating injuries” are caused when a foreign object passes through either the skull or in some cases an eye socket. These types of injuries cause focal or localized damage to the areas of the brain that are directly impacted by the foreign object. An individual’s symptoms vary greatly depending on the portion of the brain that is impacted.


“Closed head injuries” are often caused when an individual forcefully strikes his or her head against a blunt object, often the inside of a vehicle. Traumatic impact causes the brain to essentially rattle around inside the skull and results in contusions, lacerations, hematomas and nerve damage (axonal stretching). In some cases it is not necessary that the skull actually impact any object at all. The extreme gravitational forces involved in a “whiplash” incident can be enough to cause a closed head injury to the same extent as an actual impact scenario. These types of injuries are examples of primary brain damage and are complete at the time of impact.

Secondary brain damage occurs over a period of time. Symptoms related to secondary brain damage include, but are not limited to, brain swelling, intracranial infection, blood pressure changes, epilepsy, abnormal blood conditions, fever, and abnormal heart changes.


Traumatic brain injuries cause a variety of physical symptoms to occur.


The most common are blurred vision, headaches, hearing loss, ringing in the ears, dizziness, changes with smell or taste, and loss of muscle strength and muscle coordination.


Communication symptoms often include difficulty finding the right words to express ideas and thoughts, difficulty reading and writing, difficulty keeping up with social conversations, feeling misunderstood or misinterpreted,  over- or under-reacting to certain social situations, and lacking the cognitive awareness to recognize inappropriate behavior.


Moreover, a combination of physical symptoms and communications symptoms are also typical for individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. The muscles involved with speech may be weakened or uncoordinated causing mumbled or slurred speech. The volume of speech may be affected, sometimes to the point that an individual is completely unable to speak with any voice at all. In the most severe cases, individuals are unable to ingest whole foods because of an inability to chew or swallow effectively.


The most common symptoms caused by traumatic brain injuries are cognitive problems that impair an individual’s ability to survive independently. The symptoms related to cognitive deficiencies include situational awareness, lack of attention to perform simple tasks, lack of memory or complete loss of memory, simple reasoning skills, simple problem solving skills, and difficulty dealing with the everyday common life planning skills such as when to eat, sleep, or use the restroom.


You put yourself and your family’s future at risks when you attempt to pursue a brain injury claim against the insurance company alone. It is important to retain an experienced and aggressive Florida brain injury lawyer who understands both the medical and legal aspects related to properly litigating brain injury cases.

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