A traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of a car accident involves forcefully caused damage to a victim’s brain due to impact of another vehicle, barrier or even an air bag. These types of injuries can vary from mild concussions to catastrophic and permanent brain damage. Some TBIs require rest and medication, and others require surgery, intensive care and rehabilitation. The later can be extremely expensive and result in life-long pain, loss of employment and reduced quality of life. An experienced car accident attorney will be able to help maximize your claim by dealing with the insurance companies. They have the knowledge of what is a good settlement, so that you are not taken advantage of by the insurance companies who are looking to reduce your claim to increase their profits.
TBI Caused By Car Accidents
The most common cause of a TBI is likely to be a motor vehicle accident. The injuries are classified as follows:
- Mild: There is a short or no loss of consciousness, but there is likely to be confusion, disorientation and headache.
- Moderate: There is a loss of conscious for up to a few hours, but the victim can be awakened. There might be bleeding and brain swelling.
- Severe: There is a loss of consciousness for more than six hours. The victim’s eyes will not open, even with stimulation.
Closed and Open Brain Injuries
A TBI can be either closed or open. Simply put, with a closed brain injury, there is no skull fracture. With an open or penetrating brain injury, an object, bone fragments or both penetrate the brain, like if an unbelted person’s head goes through a windshield in a car crash.
The Primary Injury
Most TBIs are caused by blunt force or penetrating trauma to the brain. A serious TBI doesn’t require a fractured skull though. In most TBI cases, an impact can cause the brain to crash back and forth or even sideways into the interior of the skull. This results in bruising or bleeding of the brain. It can also cause twisting and shearing of the nerve cells and fibers that make up the brain.
The Secondary Injury
There are many TBI cases when the victim never even loses consciousness, but their condition can deteriorate quickly as a result of delayed swelling. The brain begins to push itself against the victim’s skull, and blood flow to it is diminished. That’s known as a secondary injury, and that’s often more dangerous than the primary brain trauma.
Your Choice of an Attorney
A moderate TBI might result in many months of costly hospital, medical and rehabilitation bills. A victim will be impacted physically, financially and emotionally. A severe TBI is likely to result in lifelong disability with a lifetime of the same costs and emotions.
Insurance companies are well aware of the fact that they risk significant financial exposure on any moderate or severe TBI. They will do whatever they can to attempt to devalue or even deny your claim. You’ll want to consult with a car accident attorney who has the experience and resources that you and your family deserves. Your car accident attorney can be invaluable in recovering the following types of damages:
- Past and future hospital, medical and rehabilitation bills.
- Past and future lost earnings.
- Any permanent disfigurement.
- Any permanent disability.
- Pain and suffering.
- Diminished enjoyment of life.
At least one medical expert’s medical testimony might be required for purposes of proving the TBI and its effects. We know where to find some of the best experts in Texas. Without our professional and persistent representation and your medical expert, the opposing insurance company is unlikely to offer you anywhere near the true value of your claim. Our mission is to maximize the compensation that you deserve.
We want to know what happened, how it happened and how your TBI has affected you. Call our law offices today at any of our convenient locations and get a free consultation from an experienced car accident attorney.
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