Car accidents can range in severity, however, one of the more common consequences is a traumatic brain injury. The effects of a traumatic brain injury often last for a long time, if not permanently, which is why it is important to seek the right amount of compensation to cover not only your medical bills, but the life-altering damage a brain injury can cause. If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury from a car accident, consider speaking with an experienced Georgia personal injury attorney at The Mark Castro Law Firm to fight for compensation for you and your family. Call us at 706-940-4030 to set up a free consultation with one of our car accident attorneys.
What Is Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a broad term for a wide range of types of brain trauma, often resulting from a forceful blow to the head. Brain injuries can be either open or closed. In a closed head injury, a sudden force causes the brain to collide with the inside of the cranium, which causes bruising to the brain tissue. In many circumstances, the frontal and temporal lobes receive the highest impact. In an open head injury, the skull is broken or penetrated and an invasive object causes brain damage.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries from Car Accidents
TBI's can also range from mild to moderate to severe. Be sure to seek medical treatment immediately after a car accident if you believe you may have suffered a head injury, as a medical professional will be able to identify any immediate symptoms of a brain injury. However, many of these injuries do not manifest for days or even weeks after the accident. Monitor your health and keep an eye out for symptoms of either mild or severe brain injuries.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
Mild traumatic brain injuries are common, not only from car accidents, but from recreational sports, slip and falls, and any other violent blow to the head. One of the most common mild TBI's is a concussion. Though concussions are often seen as common and easily treatable injuries, they are much more serious than they are often made out to be. According to the Mayo Clinic, they can lead to complications like headaches, dizziness, and cognitive issues that can last for a long time.
Symptoms of mild traumatic brain injuries include:
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Mood changes
- Difficulty concentrating
- Blurred or double vision
- Changes to sleeping patterns
Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries
The severity of a TBI is usually characterized by the length of the victim's unconsciousness. If a person is unconscious for more than 30 minutes after an injury, but less than 24 hours, then the TBI is generally considered moderate. If the victim is conscious for longer than 24 hours, then it will generally be classified as severe. Other symptoms of moderate to severe TBI include:
- Coma or prolonged loss of consciousness
- Slurred speech
- Severe and persistent headaches
- Dilated pupils
Always seek a medical evaluation after any kind of traumatic accident that may result in a brain injury in order to ensure your health remains protected.
Treatment for TBI
Moderate to severe TBI may require emergency treatment. According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, some of these emergency treatments include:
- Removing blood clots
- Surgically repairing skull fractures
- Relieving intracranial pressure
Aside from life-saving emergency treatment, treating TBI's often means treating the symptoms while waiting for the brain to heal. After suffering a TBI, patients are often told to avoid looking at screens and bright lights and refrain from physical activity as much as possible. This is because there is no “cure” for a concussion. A doctor may prescribe medication to treat some of the unpleasant symptoms, such as headaches, depression, seizures, and fatigue. A patient may also benefit from rehabilitation, such as physical or occupational therapy to regain strength and relearn life skills, but ultimately, recovery from a TBI involves a lot of patience and time.
At The Mark Casto Law Firm, we understand that the cost of a TBI from a car accident is so much more than medical bills and car repairs. Rehabilitation can take months or even years, and some victims never fully recover. It is impossible to put a price tag on your ability to enjoy life activities, but we fight on your behalf to seek compensation for our clients and give them the peace of mind to focus on their recovery instead of medical bills.
Damages Available After a Car Accident
If you were injured in a car accident caused by another person's negligence, you may be able to recover compensation from their insurance company or through a personal injury lawsuit. An experienced car accident attorney will investigate the accident and collect evidence to prove that another party, such as the at-fault driver, caused the accident and is liable for your injuries. Some of the types of compensation available for traumatic brain injury victims include the following:
Economic damages include expenses directly incurred as a result of the accident. These damages may include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Cost of therapy and medications
- Property damage, such as car repairs
- Lost wages
- Incidental expenses, such as transportation or household help
Victims may also be able to recover damages for the more intangible losses they suffered. A TBI can cause severe psychological and emotional trauma and you may have the ability to seek compensation for these losses as well. Some non-economic damages may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
Consider speaking with an experienced Georgia personal injury attorney to ensure you are maximizing the amount of compensation you may be entitled to after suffering a traumatic brain injury from a car accident.
Call Our Experienced Car Accident Lawyers
At The Mark Casto Law Firm, we believe that victims should not have to pay for accidents they did not cause. A traumatic brain injury can be a life-long burden, and no one should have to worry about navigating the legal system alone while they are recovering from an injury. Call our office and visit with our legal team at 706-940-4030 to tell us more about your case, and learn how we can help ensure your legal rights remain protected.