Traumatic Brain Injury in a Car Crash: What to Do

brain scanImagine 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.