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Help a Friend With a TBI

The way to consider the full impact a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can have on your life or the life of a friend or family member, is one moment everything is normal and then suddenly their life, mental ability and functional ability dramatically change. A TBI occurs when the brain forcefully slams into the skull. The injury can be caused by a traumatic hit to the head, an automobile collision, a fall, a bicycle collision or a host potentially deadly circumstances. Traumatic brain injuries can happen to anyone at any age.

A TBI is particularly problematic for the victim of an accident because the signs of the injury often do not become apparent for several months after the incident. It is not unheard of for the symptoms of this type of injury to become readily noticeable up to a year after the accident.

TBI signs to look for include:

  • Recurrent headaches
  • Short-term memory problems
  • Irritability and unexplainable mood changes
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Inability to complete day-to-day routine tasks. This is often followed by frustration, hopelessness and anger.

Measures that can be taken to minimize the chances of a TBI include:

  • Eliminate trip hazards
  • Wear a helmet when participating in certain outdoor activities
  • Wear your safety belt when riding in or driving a vehicle.

One helpful thing you can do if a friend or family member has suffered a TBI in an accident, is get that person in contact with a personal injury law office that is well-versed in the legal and medical issues in catastrophic personal injury cases. For instance, our own Dr. Daniel Diaco Esq. can comprehensively analyze the complex medical records associated with a TBI and formulate the best approach to get the injured party appropriate and fair compensation.

Types of Brain Injuries

The brain can be injured in several ways, each depending on the type of force and the amount of force that ultimately impacts the head. The injury may effect a single portion of the brain, multiple areas, or the entire brain. A few of the different types of traumatic brain injury (TBI) are discussed below.

Brain Injury Attributed to a Trauma

A brain injury is damage to the brain that results in an impairment to speech, language, behavioral or physical functioning. When the damage is not caused caused by a congenital disorder, a malignant tumor or a toxic substance, the application of an external force, limited blood supply or a birth trauma is often to blame.


A concussion occurs when the brain experiences a sudden impact, change in momentum or a movement change. The cranial nerves can become damaged in the process.

  • A concussion may be caused by a sharp blow to the head, a gunshot wound, shaking or the force of a whiplash injury
  • The concussion is the most common type of TBI. An open head injuries and closed head injuries can produce a concussion
  • There may be a brief loss of consciousness when a person experiences a concussion, but it is more likely a person will feel dazed
  • Diagnostic imaging tests like a CAT Scan may not show signs of a concussion
  • The damage can be either permanent or temporary when a person suffers a concussion, but it will always require time to heal.


A contusion is a bruise, or pooled blood, on the brain.

  • The bleeding is the direct result of an impact to the head
  •  Large bruises on the brain may require surgical intervention.

Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injury

A coup-contrecoup injury describes a brain bruise that appears both at the point of impact and on the opposite side of the brain.

  • In a coup-countrecoup injury the force of impact is strong enough to slam the brain back to the original point of impact, which causes the additional damage.

If you or a family member has suffered a traumatic brain injury, the professionals from Diaco Law are here to help you pursue compensation for injuries. Symptoms can include cognitive, speech, behavioral and sensory issues. The law limits the amount of time during which you can file a claim, call us today at 888-SOS-FIRM!

TBI How it Happens and the Symptoms


The human brain is truly miraculous. This organ weighs only 3.3 lb, holds 86 billion nerve cells, houses billions of nerve fibers and it is responsible for regulating blood pressure and breathing. The brain also manages:

  • Motor skills
  • The ability to solve problems
  • Judgment
  • The ability to plan
  • Attention
  • Emotions
  • Impulse control.

A traumatic injury to the brain can have a detrimental effect on an individual physically, emotionally or behaviorally, The brain injury can happen during birth or it may arise later in a motorcycle accident, automobile accident or a similar traumatic event.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Facts and Causes

The sudden and violent trauma that can result in a TBI does not always include an open wound or a skull fracture. An individual who is injured might not even lose consciousness. While this all may appear innocuous, damage does occur when the brain collides with the skull. The collision of the brain with the skull can cause brain bruising, tearing of nerve fibers as well as bleeding. When a skull fracture occurs, a fragment of bone may penetrate the tissue of the brain. Traumatic brain injuries are a major cause of disability and helped contribute to 50,000 deaths in the United States in 2013.

The most common causes of TBI include:

  • Falls
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Gun violence
  • Physical violence

The Symptoms of a TBI

TBI signs and symptoms may appear immediately after an injury or they may take weeks to make themselves known. It is important to note that symptoms may appear subtle and seem unrelated to the injury. The TBI symptoms listed below are not subtle and require the immediate attention of medical professionals:

  • Confusion
  • Mood changes
  • Memory loss
  • Fatigue
  • An ongoing headache
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Increased sensitivity to sound
  • Ringing in the ears.

The Long-term Effects of a TBI

There is mounting evidence that a traumatic brain injury can impact long-term health, including an increased risk of neurological and neurodegenerative disorders.

The sad truth is that a person who suffers a TBI may require rehabilitation that will vary in intensity depending on the severity of the injury. Therapy can include:

  • Learning how to walk again
  • Learning how to speak again
  • Practice carrying out daily tasks.

Treatment may require a hospital stay or a specialized rehabilitative therapy center. It is likely that the services of a a physical therapist, an occupational therapist and other medical professionals will be required to help the victim of the TBI recover.

You Need Help

The brain injury attorneys from Diaco Law understand that you and your family never wanted to be in this situation. However, just like you need medical professionals who can offer the proper care, you likely need a personal injury attorney who understands medicine and the laws regarding brain injuries to speed your recovery.

There may be compensation owed to you that could ease the cost of medical care and aid your recover and you need to seek it. Reach out to Diaco Law today at 888-SOS-FIRM or by using our contact form for a free consultation.

Top 3 Most Common Motorcycle Injuries

There is an increased risk to choosing to ride a motorcycle rather than a car. The motorcycle is an interesting hybrid of human, vehicle, and environment.  It has been reported that more than 80% of reported motorcycle accidents are fatal. Therefore, as the motorcycle rider is more vulnerable to injury, here are the 3 most common injuries that occur on the road.

Head and brain injuries lead the way for the most common injury which includes concussions and even brain damage. A concussion can range in intensity however brain damage is serious and can also be fatal. Any contact to the head in an accident should be examined and monitored in the hospital immediately. The neck may also be damaged in a head injury which can paralyze or kill the rider. Therefore, anyone riding a motorcycle should wear a helmet. A helmet can make a big difference in safety.

Another type of injury for motorcyclists is road rash. Road rash is injury from the situation of a rider sliding across the pavement after an accident. The concrete rubs across layers of clothes and exposed skin resulting in skin damage that can lead to irritation, infections, and even surface nerve damage. Persistent road rash should be looked at by a medical professional, it may require antibiotics to prevent infections. There are protective measures that can be taken to prevent road rash such as wearing specific motorcycle jeans instead of regular jeans and other specialized garments.

Other areas of the body are frequently affected in motorcycle accidents such as legs, knees, and feet. These injuries are less threatening however if not properly treated can be problematic. Legs and feet can be broken, other trauma like shattered or fractured bones or knees can occur. A motorcycle rider may hurt his legs with scrapes, large cuts, or road rash. Safe driving, long pants, and motorcycle boots are all suggested as a way to prevent these injuries on the road.

Motorcycle riding can be exciting yet risky with common injuries such as head trauma, road rash, and injuries to the legs and feet. A helmet and protective gear are necessary to protect the rider in the event of an accident. Safe driving practices and knowledge of the risks involved in riding a motorcycle are beneficial in avoiding these types of accidents.

The information provided in this article is an overview of the type of injuries that can be expected in a motorcycle crash. To discuss your specific claim and the potential negligence of another Tampa area driver, consult the motorcycle accident attorneys from Diaco Law.

Hire the Best Tampa Truck Accident Attorney

commercial vehicle accident

The reality of life on the road in and around the United States and Florida is that commercial vehicles are a fixture. Each time there is a need for us to merge into traffic, we see semi-trucks, big rigs and similar large vehicles. Each truck that you encounter provides an essential service in our economy, moving products from one point to another point and making sure our communities have what they require to build a better tomorrow. The unfortunate truth is that commercial vehicle and tractor-trailer drivers are more likely to spend long hours on the road, leading them to be fatigued and make poor decisions. This can lead to accidents that are deadly and more complicated than a simple motor vehicle accident, because there is the possibility multiple parties are at fault, including the owner of the semi-truck, the owner of the trailer and the employer of the semi-truck driver. Diaco Law is well-versed in the federal, state and local safety regulations that apply to trucking companies, and we have successfully prosecuted personal injury claims involving semi-truck accidents across the country, leading to millions of dollars in recovery for our clients.

To learn more regarding a potential commercial vehicle accident injury claim, complete our contact form and we will reach you for a no-cost review of your case.

Joseph F. Diaco Jr. Helps Coordinate Relief Flights to Puerto Rico

In the shocking aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Tampa, FL based personal injury attorney Joseph Diaco, Jr. felt helpless as he watched the despair of the people in remote cities like Arecibo, Aguadilla and Ponce in Puerto Rico. To combat the hopelessness, Diaco helped formulate a plan to bring aid to areas under a veritable media blackout. Diaco reached out to Rafael Gatzambide, Bubba Clem and the BTLS Foundation to get the word out to local businesses. All were willing and eager to help Diaco make it happen, despite enormous logistical hurdles.

To accomplish the goal, each of them donated services, logistical planning, time, supplies and money. Ana Franco of JJ Aeronautics donated the use of a Citation C500 Eagle Jet as well as pilots, the use of her hanger for supplies and her planning expertise. Rafael Gatzambide offered his unwavering support and his incredible ability to gather cash donations and supplies. Bubba Clem and Diaco Law donated money, used the BTLS Foundation to receive additional cash donation and solicited help on Bubba’s show while Diaco coordinated all of the logistics to make this effort a reality. Donations to date have included significant monetary donations in excess of $40,000.00, medical supplies, food and 1,000 Sawyer Water Filters from Waves for Water, capable of filtering 100,000 gallons of water each for a total capacity of filtering approximately 100,000,000.00 gallons of water.

Cash donations raised by Diaco through the BTLS Foundation are being used to fuel the flights where supplies are brought in and relief workers or medically needy patients are flown back to the United States. To date, two flights have successfully been made and more are planned for the near future. Diligence, empathy and compassion are proving that local people can make a difference one plane at a time.

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Drowning Accidents

For many, swimming pools are the main form of pleasure and entertainment during the hot summer months. Unfortunately, we’ve all heard the stories of unintentional drownings by children who were unattended. This is the reason why there are safety locks, fences, and pool alarms. Still, statistics show that accidental drownings are the number one cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have reported that from 2005-2014, over 3,500 people died from drowning. When you look at the average on those numbers, that comes out to about ten deaths from drowning every single day during that period. It’s even more frightening when you realize that for every child who dies from drowning in the United States, five other children are treated at emergency rooms for injuries suffered in swimming pools.

With numbers like these, it’s no wonder that pool safety is at the front of most parents minds Here are a few facts to consider:

It only takes a minute: Research statistics show that over 75% of home drowning accidents involve a child that has been gone for no more than five parents. In the time it takes to answer the phone, grab a bottle of water, or check your email, a child can be submerged in a swimming pool. In many of those cases, the children had made their way out to the pool when the parents weren’t aware that they were anywhere near the pool. Placing a fence around all four sides of your swimming area has the potential of decreasing the risk of drowning by as much as 80%.

Alarms work: Many homes have a three-sided fence around a pool and they consider the home the fourth wall. If a home is considered part of the safety barrier of the pool, then alarms are recommended on all the doors. Most of these alarms are easily turned off by adults but will alert anyone in charge that a child has left the home.

Pool covers: Power safety covers, unlike simple plastic tarps or sheets that cover the pool, are motor powered barriers that can be placed over the water area. When properly installed and up to safety standards, one of these power safety covers will hold the weight of two adults and one child. These standards were put into place in order to aid a rescue if necessary.

Education: Anyone who has a pool at their home needs to be aware of all of the responsibility involved regarding safety. Babysitters or other adults who will be in charge at the home should all be aware of any safety precautions and should be properly trained in first aid and CPR. All children who enter the pool need to be supervised by adults and even children who have had swimming lessons need to be watched carefully.

As mentioned earlier, for every child in the United States that dies from drowning accident, five other children are treated at the emergency room for submersion injuries. It has been shown that nearly 50% of children who suffered injuries in a swimming pool did so at residential pools as compared to less than 30% who suffered injuries at public pools or spas.

Traumatic Brain Injury – The Importance of Hiring an Attorney

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) case can be complex, requiring the ongoing support of a medical team and legal professionals. It is important for you to have the right Tampa attorney standing by your side during these times, you need a team with the experience and resources to do what is required to protect the rights of you and your loved ones. Diaco Law is prepared to prove your current loss and project what you will need in the future to live a full life.

If you or a family member has suffered a TBI, call Diaco Law at 888-SOS-FIRM to discuss the specifics of your claim and schedule an appointment to meet with our team.

Tampa, FL Wrongful Death Attorney

If you have you lost a someone important to you due to the negligence of another person or a business entity, Tampa, Florida based Diaco Law is prepared to offer you compassionate legal advice free of cost.

Diaco Law is a personal injury law firm with more than 21 years of experience handling wrongful death and personal injury claims statewide. We realize that every client and claim is unique and our law firm is as well, because we have a practicing board certified surgeon and lawyer as a partner. Having a board certified surgeon who is also a lawyer allows us to evaluate medical and legal questions thoroughly and expediently.

We will work diligently to seek appropriate compensation for the wrongful death of your family member or loved one. There are no fees or costs, unless we recover compensation for your loss.