Imagine this: you’re driving on the road when suddenly, the unthinkable
happens. Another vehicle runs a red light, slamming into your car. Your
head jerks and makes contact with the frame of the vehicle. What do you
do? Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence. Serious car accidents
often result in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). While we hope that you
never have to endure this experience, it is always a good idea to be prepared.
Below, we have provided some information on TBI and what you should do
following a car accident. Following this information can be of real benefit
to you in the long run.
What Is TBI and How Severe Is It?
TBIs cause serious damage to the brain due to external force or a sudden
impact to the head, such as a fall from a height, a car crash, or being
struck with an object. In many situations, a TBI can cause a loss of consciousness.
TBIs can be either closed or open. A closed head injury means that the
skull and brain has not been penetrated or broken into. When a foreign
object enters the skull and brain, the head injury is said to be open.
The severity of a TBI can vary, with some people suffering temporary issues
that heal over time and other suffering lifelong changes to their memory,
personality, mobility, and more. In the worst cases, a serious TBI may
result in coma or death.
Receiving Medical Treatment
Once the blow occurs to the head in a car crash, the brain will start to
suffer due to bruising and potential bleeding. This usually occurs at
specific locations of the brain depending on where the trauma occurs,
or it can impact the entire brain. Right after the accident, you should
not delay in seeking medical treatment. Waiting too long to see a doctor
could cause the problem to worsen, and could compromise a future personal
injury claim. If you cannot call for help yourself, get the attention
of a passenger or witness and have them call immediately.
As a Passenger
If you are a passenger of a vehicle involved in a car crash and someone
else has sustained a serious brain injury, you want to make sure you call
for medical attention right away. Check the injured party to see if they
are conscious and if they are displaying any signs of pain. You want to
look for various symptoms of a TBI including dizziness, nausea, headaches,
or trouble with orientation. Even if it is a minor TBI displaying light
symptoms, it can lead to significant problems down the road, so calling
for medical attention is very important.
Seek Legal Representation
Only after you have received medical attention should you speak with a
lawyer to help you compile your claim, or in some cases, your lawsuit.
Even mild TBIs may be considered grounds for a lawsuit if negligence was
involved and someone else’s reckless acts caused the damage. If
this is the case, you need legal counsel to help you build a strategy
designed to help you seek compensation for the damages you have sustained.
At Simeone & Miller, LLP, our team of
Washington D.C. brain injury lawyers works to help injured clients hold negligent individuals accountable for
their actions. When you need someone on your side, trust that we are always
in your corner from start to finish. Learn why more than 1,000 clients
have trusted us to help them and why we have a history of success.
Call us today and learn your legal options if someone else’s actions have caused
you or someone you love to sustain a traumatic brain injury.