You may have heard of something known as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), which can be extremely serious depending on the circumstances of an accident. Unfortunately, TBIs are all too common in incidents where auto collisions occur. You may not be sure where to turn after a collision occurs and you or a loved one has sustained one of these injuries. However, now you can find out more about TBIs and what to expect if you are trying to hold somebody liable for the injuries.
What Is Traumatic Brain Injury?
TBI is a brain injury that occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to a person’s brain. It can result from many actions, such as a head suddenly or violently hitting an object or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. If you have experienced a TBI, you may find that the symptoms are either mild, moderate, or severe. Symptoms will usually include unconsciousness, headache, confusion, dizziness, blurred vision, behavioral changes, and more.
If you have experienced a TBI, you should seek immediate medical attention. Individuals who have sustained these very fragile and serious injuries must be stabilized to keep the condition from getting worse, as these injuries can cause very serious damage if things continue to decline. Patients may receive skull and neck x-rays as well as a possible CT scan. However, for the severely injured patients, they may be prescribed rehabilitation and other types of therapy that involve occupational and language needs.
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TBI After an Accident
After a car accident, a brain injury may be missed in the emergency room. This means that many of the patients who have actually sustained a TBI will go undiagnosed and may miss the treatment they need. Delayed treatment can cause many issues and, in the worst of cases, even death. Most individuals do not realize when they have suffered a brain injury after a car accident, which is why it is so important to keep an eye out for the symptoms. It can take less than hitting your head in an accident to cause one of these very life-threatening injuries.
It is extremely important to have an emergency room visit after an accident, no matter what the situation. Many of these serious injuries are not observable to the naked eye and will take many tests to determine. Doctors and specialists are able to answer all questions as well as seek a second opinion if the accident was serious enough.
Liability Regarding TBI
What happens if you sustain a traumatic brain injury due to an accident where another party was being negligent? You must be able to show that the driver’s negligence was the direct cause of the accident and your head injury to be able to receive the compensation you deserve. This is another reason why it is of utmost importance why you see a doctor immediately following your accident, because it will give credibility to have a doctor step in and say that you got the medical treatment you needed. The insurance company may accuse something else of causing your injury if you wait to go to the emergency room.
You should always remember that all drivers have a legal duty of care to drive responsibly when sharing the roadways. They must look out for other drivers, follow traffic laws, and take general precautions to drive safely. If the driver acts negligently and causes an accident, then the driver is also responsible for paying for your injuries. You must show the following evidence when making your claim:
- Medical records that link your head injury directly to the accident
- Photographs showing the point of impact and any damage to your vehicle
- Witness statements of those who may have seen the accident
- Police reports that show a determination of fault
Unfortunately, car accidents happen all the time. If you are involved in a car accident, you should always seek immediate help for your injuries. If you have sustained a TBI and wonder what to do next in regards to seeking compensation, you may want legal guidance to do so. Call Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi today for more information on where to turn. We are looking forward to your call.