At our law firm, we represent the victims of car accidents caused by the negligence or reckless of other drivers. Tragically, many people hurt in such crashes receive traumatic brain injuries, called TBIs, many of which can leave long-term or permanent disability.
Brain injury can occur in an accident involving two or more vehicles, but is also a high risk to those struck by vehicles while on motorcycles or bicycles or as a pedestrian.
It is important in any lawsuit for a collision that caused brain injury that the responsible party be held liable for the many kinds of damages that can occur, especially in the most severe cases, which may cause lifelong need:
- All medical costs from the accident, including future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Medical equipment
- Physical, occupational and psychological therapy
- Home modifications
- Vehicle modifications
- Homemaking services
- Personal care attendants
- Present and future wages
There are many types of traumatic brain injury, which results from incoming force from outside the body. They may be closed head injuries or open, meaning the skull has been breached. There can be many levels of resulting impairment and a wide variety of potential symptoms, not all of which may appear immediately after the injury. Some may appear days or weeks later.
In an accident, if the head is struck or slammed into a surface, violently shaken or if whiplash occurs, a concussion or mild brain injury is a likely type of injury. Possible symptoms are confusion, loss of consciousness, dizziness, headache, speech difficulty, sleep disturbance, nausea, anxiety, memory problems and others.
In more serious TBIs, additional symptoms may appear like seizures, fluid from ears or nostrils, combativeness, extreme confusion and others. In the most severe cases, even coma, vegetative state or brain death can occur.
Short- and long-term cognitive, communication, emotional, sensory, social and behavior problems can manifest. In a personal injury lawsuit involving brain injury, comprehensive medical, neurological and psychological assessment is imperative so that all types of necessary monetary damages can be secured to assure the victim’s future security and care.