A car accident can happen in an instant, yet the effects of a traumatic brain injury can last a lifetime, negatively affecting your movement, coordination, memory, personality, and more. You could be in serious trouble if you don’t have the financial resources to pay for medical treatment, rehabilitation, and long-term living expenses. The best way to secure the money you need may be to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the person who caused the crash.
The Folsom traumatic brain injury lawyers at The Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC, have helped thousands of people recover compensation for their life-changing injuries. We know how to identify who is liable for your injuries and hold them accountable.
Contact our office today for a free consultation about your options and how we can help you pursue the money you need during this difficult time.
Why You Need Our Lawyers If You Suffered a TBI in a Crash
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can lead to a lifetime of medical expenses, diminished income, and reduced quality of life. If someone else caused your injury through their careless, reckless, or otherwise negligent actions, they could owe you compensation for the consequences.
Unfortunately, getting this compensation can be more difficult than it should be, especially without the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Our car accident TBI attorneys can help with your personal injury claim by:
- Reviewing the accident to determine who is liable for your injuries and gather evidence to support your case
- Documenting all the ways your injury has affected your life to maximize your potential compensation
- Filing an insurance claim or lawsuit promptly so you can more quickly recover the money you need
- Handling all communication with the insurance companies and other parties involved in the case
- Assertively negotiating for a fair settlement that provides you with the money you need to move on with life
- Preparing your case for trial and fighting for you in court if an insurer will not agree to a reasonable settlement
How Traumatic Brain Injuries Happen in Car Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle collisions are the second leading cause of TBIs after falls. When a vehicle traveling at speed collides with another vehicle or stationary object, the sudden change in momentum transfers tremendous force onto occupants. That can cause their heads to slam into dashboards and seat backs, turn loose objects in the vehicle’s cabin into projectiles, and even slam the brain into the walls of the skull.
Types of TBI from Car Accidents
Common types of brain injuries from car accidents include:
- Concussions – A concussion is a bruise on the brain that forms after it strikes the inside of the skull. Concussions also occur after a sudden, sharp change in momentum.
- Edemas – An edema is swelling of the brain. This swelling puts unsafe pressure on the brain inside the skull. An edema can be fatal if doctors cannot quickly relieve the pressure.
- Skull fractures – A hard blow to the head can cause the skull to splinter or crack. If the skull splinters, bone fragments may damage blood vessels and other tissues in the brain. A crack in the skull can put unsafe pressure on the brain, resulting in edema.
- Penetration injuries – Penetration injuries occur when something breaks through the skull and jabs into the brain. As the object passes through the skull, it can cause massive damage to brain tissue and blood vessels. Penetration injuries are often fatal if victims do not receive immediate medical treatment.
- Hematomas and hemorrhages – Both of these injuries involve internal bleeding in the brain. Burst blood vessels typically cause hemorrhages, while hematomas result from enclosed bleeding within tissues.
- Shear injuries – A shear injury occurs when something shakes the brain or causes a sharp, severe rotation that results in tearing the brain’s long connecting nerve fibers. These injuries are also referred to as diffuse-axonal injuries.
- Coup-contrecoup injuries – The force of a collision can send the brain ricocheting across the skull cavity, resulting in injuries on opposite sides of the brain. These so-called coup-contrecoup injuries can cause severe brain damage due to the brain sustaining multiple blows.
Diagnosing and Treating a Traumatic Brain Injury After a Car Accident
The symptoms of TBIs do not always manifest immediately after a car crash. According to the Mayo Clinic, the following symptoms could suggest an underlying TBI:
- Persistent headaches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased fatigue and drowsiness
- Difficulty speaking
- Feeling dizzy and unbalanced
- Blurry vision
- Ringing in the ears
- A bad taste in the mouth
- A change in the sense of smell
- Feeling dazed, confused, and disoriented
- Memory problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Convulsions and seizures
- Losing consciousness
- Clear fluid draining from the ears and nose
- Slurred speech
- Feeling agitated for no obvious reason
Treating a TBI is challenging, especially because the effects are often permanent. For some brain injury victims, treatment is more about helping them adjust to a new way of life than relieving their symptoms. According to the Cleveland Clinic, some treatment options for a traumatic brain injury include:
- Physical, speech, and occupational therapy
- Counseling to help the injured person adjust to a brain injury’s effects
Compensation for Car Accident TBI Victims
The results of a traumatic brain injury can be wide-ranging and long-lasting, resulting in considerable expenses. You deserve to be compensated for the full range of losses you have suffered, which could include the following:
- Medical bills, including the cost of future treatments and rehabilitation
- Lost wages and reduced future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life