Car accidents are dangerous and frightening events that can result in serious injuries. You can get concussions and traumatic brain injuries from car accidents. Both injuries are caused by a serious or violent blow to your head which can happen in a vehicle collision.
These types of injuries can change your physical abilities, and a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be life-threatening. The severity of a concussion or TBI can vary according to many factors of the accident. The severity will have a significant impact on your treatment plan, medical costs, and your prognosis for the future.
Concussion: Causes and Treatment
A concussion is a mild form of a traumatic brain injury. According to Mayo Clinic research, a car accident can cause a concussion because it forces your brain to jolt violently against the inside of your skull. It can leave you with the following symptoms:
- Blurry vision
- Impaired focus
- Slurred speech
You might also experience light and noise sensitivity. Treating a concussion can be frustrating, time-consuming, and costly. Treatments can range from prescribed periods of rest, pain management, and medication.
Recovering from a concussion could mean taking time off from work. Your health care provider will recommend a beneficial treatment plan and let you know when it is safe to return to work and your usual activities. If your symptoms persist, they will inform you of other treatment options to aid in your recovery.
TBI: Causes and Treatment
A traumatic brain injury is caused by a violent blow which is common in car accidents. Even a hard enough blow to your body (not directly to your head) can cause a TBI. According to Mayo Clinic research, your brain can experience a range of symptoms and damages, including the following:
- Torn tissues
- Difficulty speaking
- Sensory impairments
- Behavioral challenges
- Lack of self-control
- Cognitive impairments
- Mood changes
A TBI can result in lifelong complications or can be fatal. Treatments can range greatly and can include medication, physical, occupational, and speech therapy, and long-term rehabilitation. Some patients will require ongoing care and support for the remainder of their lives.
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Living With a Serious Head Injury After a Car Accident
A severe head injury affects more than the person who endured it. It affects their family, friends, and even their professional colleagues. This type of injury from a car accident can change your entire life instantly.
Is the At-Fault Driver Responsible for My Medical Bills?
Yes, the negligent driver who caused the accident is responsible for the cost of your medical care from the time the injury occurs until you reach maximum medical improvement.
In addition to your ongoing medical bills, you can also recover:
- Ongoing loss of income
- Loss of future earnings
- Property damage or loss
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional angst
- Diminished quality of life
If a TBI led to the demise of a loved one, the at-fault party is also responsible for a range of wrongful death damages. These can include funeral and burial expenses and the loss of your loved one’s income. Your lawyer will clarify all the damages your family can recover and ensure the appropriate family member files a wrongful death action.
A Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You Fight for Financial Recovery
To hold the at-fault driver financially liable for his actions, your lawyer will help you prove the legally required elements of neglect. These include proving the negligent driver:
- Owed you a duty of care
- Failed to provide it
- Caused your physical injuries
- Caused your financial damages
The evidence your lawyer collects to prove your right to compensation can include your car accident report, medical records, witness statements, and photos and videos. Your lawyer will organize and submit evidence on your behalf and will use your evidence collection to steer your case toward a favorable financial settlement.
Your Lawyer Can Ensure You do Not Run Out of Time to Seek Damages
Every personal injury case has a statute of limitations — a specific amount of time the state allows you to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. On your own, it can be difficult to comply with the statutory filing deadline since many factors can cause it to fluctuate. Your lawyer will explain the applicable filing deadline and ensure your case complies with it.
If your case is not filed on time, you could be left with no legal avenue that compels the at-fault driver to compensate you. Our law firm will ensure your potential lawsuit is filed before the statute of limitations expires.
Contact Our Case Review Team Today
If you or someone you love suffered a concussion or traumatic brain injury from a car accident, our personal injury lawyer will help you build a strong case for monetary recovery. Learn more about your options for financial compensation by contacting our case review team at Bressman Law for a free consultation today.