A traumatic brain injury is caused by an impact or movement so severe that it affects the function of the brain. This can often mean that a patient has a reduced quality of life, may not be able to work, and may even need long term care. Around 280,000 people a year are the victim of a traumatic brain injury because of a car accident. This means that auto crashes are the second leading cause of such injuries, and cause about 20% of all traumatic brain injuries in the United States. If you or a loved one are in an accident that results in a brain injury, there are some important facts you should know about what to do next.
When to Hire a Lawyer
One of the biggest problems that come with dealing with a traumatic brain injury is paying for its treatment. Insurance may cover some treatments but getting the best care possible may come with a significant financial cost. Over the years, one brain injury can cost millions of dollars, the average cost over a lifetime is around three million dollars.
Hiring a lawyer who has experience with brain injury cases is crucial in reducing your financial strain. Assuming the accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation to cover medical bills, therapy, lost wages, and reduced ability to work, pain and suffering, and ongoing care if you require it.
To know if you may be eligible for compensation, reach out for a consultation as soon as possible. Consultations are free and there is no obligation to pursue the case. Acting quickly is crucial to make sure you have a full understanding of your legal options.
Signs and Symptoms of a Brain Injury
One major misconception about traumatic brain injuries is that they are caused strictly by an impact. In reality, there doesn’t have to be an impact in an accident, simply a violent or uncontrolled movement. Unfortunately, the signs of a brain injury may not be apparent right away which is why it is crucial that you seek medical attention after a wreck, even if it seems minor. Common signs of a traumatic brain injury include a clear fluid coming out the nose or ears, irregular or asymmetric pupil dilation, confusion and/or memory loss, and losing consciousness. If you notice any of these symptoms after an accident, seek medical help immediately as it may be a sign of a much larger injury. Allowing brain injuries to go undetected or undiagnosed may complicate treatment or lead to a worsening of the condition.
What to do if You Have Been in an Accident
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury in or around Tampa, contacting Rojas Law Group is your first step. With over 30 years of experience in personal injury and automobile law, Juan Maria Rojas is ready to help you get the compensation you deserve. Consultations are free and have no obligations, they are simply to help you understand the pros and cons of pursuing a legal case and financial compensation.
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