What Do You Do if You Suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury from a Car Accident?
Brain injuries are some of the hardest to recover from after a car accident.
Unlike a simple fracture, which can heal if given enough time, a traumatic brain injury can leave a person unable to leave the house for months.
Some traumatic brain injuries never improve but leave a person permanently disabled.
At our firm, we help clients and their family members get the help they need after a serious traumatic brain injury from a car accident.
We can negotiate a favorable settlement with the driver who is at fault for the crash, and we can shield you from the stress of a car accident lawsuit. For effective legal assistance, please contact us.
What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)?
Any major shaking of the brain can cause a TBI. Sometimes, a direct blow to the head is the cause, as when a person strikes their head on the steering wheel after an accident. In other situations, a blow to the body will cause the head to snap back and forth, which can also jiggle the brain.
The shaking movement damages blood vessels and axons in the brain, which impairs the normal functioning of the brain. Any jiggling can cause additional problems like bruises or bleeding, which are also serious problems that might warrant immediate surgery to prevent death.
What are Common Symptoms of a TBI?
TBIs can range from a relatively mild concussion to a TBI that causes a person to become a vegetable for the rest of their life. Generally, TBIs are classified as mild, moderate, or severe. They have some common symptoms you should be aware of:
- Blacking out. This happens in moderate and severe TBIs and may happen with a mild one. You do not need to pass out to have a TBI, but generally the longer you are unconscious then the more serious your TBI
- Impaired balance and movement. These are two common physical TBI symptoms. It might be hard to walk or stand unassisted after a blow to your body or head. This physical impairment can last for months.
- Confusion. TBI victims report difficulty thinking or problem solving and have problems articulating their thoughts.
- Impaired memory. Your short-term memory might be compromised, and you might not remember the accident that injured you.
- Sleep disturbances. A person might sleep more than usual or a lot less.
- Slurred speech. Some parts of the brain control speech, and any injury to those parts can impair a person’s ability to talk.
- Mood disorders. TBI victims are at a higher risk of suffering from schizophrenia, depression, and other mood disorders. Some victims also have violent mood swings that are unusual for them.
These are only some of the more common symptoms. If you have been in an accident, a doctor will properly evaluate you and might order imaging tests like an MRI to see if there has been any brain damage.
Treating Your Injury
A moderate or severe TBI could land you or a loved one in the hospital’s intensive care unit, where doctors and nurses will monitor vital signs. Some victims might also need assistance breathing. If there has been swelling in the brain or bleeding, then a doctor might perform emergency surgery which carries its own risks.
TBIs are different from other injuries because there is no direct treatment. Instead, doctors will focus on managing symptoms. Prescription drugs can help with sleeplessness and mood disorders. Physical therapy can help a patient gain strength and improve balance.
The amount of improvement depends on too many factors to summarize here. Speak with your doctor. Each TBI patient has an individualized plan for improvement, which also include occupational or speech therapy.
Filing a Lawsuit
If another motorist is to blame for your accident, you could bring a lawsuit for compensation. Given how devastating TBIs are, many of our clients need compensation to cover their expenses and have qualified for:
- Medical care, including future medical care
- Lost wages, including lost future wages
- Damage to their vehicle and other property
- Pain and suffering
Every case is unique. Meet with an attorney to review your accident to determine how much you might receive.
Peace Law Firm Gets Results
A traumatic brain injury following a car accident is a terrible injury. Fortunately, help is available. At Peace Law Firm, we have worked with many clients who have suffered a brain injury. We will focus on getting you maximum compensation to cover your losses so that you can begin to move forward successfully with your life. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.