As California residents may know, brain injuries can be particularly devastating and debilitating. These types of injuries are far too common, with around 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries reported every year in this country. Any kind of trauma to the head or neck, even minor impact trauma, can cause a brain injury. These injuries are commonly caused by car accidents and motorcycle accidents.
You do not have to traveling at a high rate of speed or come into contact with a hard object in order to suffer a brain injury in an accident. There are several types of brain injuries. The most severe of these injuries can lead to paralysis, loss of consciousness and death. If you have been in a car accident, it is important to recognize some of the signs of a potential brain injury, including: confusion; loss of memory; tiredness; nausea; dizziness; severe headaches and weakness or numbness on one side of the body. If you experience any of these symptoms after your accident it is important to get immediate medical attention.
A medical diagnosis and treatment for a traumatic brain injury can be extensive, lengthy and costly. This medical evaluation can lead to other financial hardships and impacts on day-to-day living, such as an inability to work, permanent disability, the need for continued physical therapy and a determination as to whether independent living is possible. All of these things will impact the type and amount of financial compensation one can pursue.
Those who have been in an accident and suffered a brain injury, may want to seek compensation from the responsible party for the payment of medical bills and other related expenses. Personal injury attorneys can assist people in these endeavors.
Source: FindLaw, Brain Injury Overview, accessed Jan. 16, 2018.