Brain injuries are much more common than many people realize. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 166 people die every day in the U.S. as a result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This type of injury may be suffered in a motor vehicle accident, an accident involving a defective product, a fall from a height, and a number of other scenarios.
When you’re involved in an accident, it can be a challenge to know whether or not you suffered a brain injury. Sometimes, symptoms appear immediately. Other times, symptoms don’t arise for days or even weeks after the accident.
If you suffered a jolt or blow to the head, it’s important to look for symptoms that could indicate you may have suffered a TBI. It’s also important to see a doctor as soon as possible so they can help identify the extent of the injury and prescribe treatment right away.
What Are the Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when someone suffers a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating injury to the skull causing damage to the brain. However, direct physical contact with the head doesn’t necessarily have to happen for a TBI to occur.
A traumatic brain injury can also result from the brain shaking inside the skull. The extreme forces placed on a person’s body during a car crash can cause their head to move forward and backward or side to side violently, as an example.
The most common symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include:
-Nausea or vomiting
-Sensitivity to sound or light
-Changes in mood
-Concentration or memory issues
-Ringing in the ears
A moderate to severe TBI can cause additional symptoms, such as:
-Dilated pupils in one or both eyes
-Worsening or persistent headache
-Loss of consciousness
When Should I Visit a Doctor After an Accident?
It’s critical to go to the hospital immediately after leaving the accident scene. Even if you think your symptoms are mild and will go away with rest, you should let a doctor perform a thorough exam.
Some symptoms of a TBI may appear minor in the hours or days after an accident, but they can worsen over time.
Diagnosing your brain injury and its severity early on could help prevent complications from developing at a later time. Your doctor can recommend a treatment plan for you to follow to help you avoid suffering additional damage.
How Could a Lawyer Help Me Recover Compensation?
You should hire a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident involving an injury, especially one as potentially serious as a TBI. Your lawyer can represent you in your case and pursue the maximum available compensation on your behalf.
An experienced lawyer will review the circumstances of the accident to determine if someone else were at fault and create a legal strategy to hold them liable. They can also gather all available evidence to prove you sustained a TBI and deserve a financial award to compensate for your medical bills and other losses. Choosing not to seek legal representation could result in a denied insurance claim or less compensation than you deserve.
Your lawyer can handle all communications with the insurance company on your behalf. We know the tactics insurance companies use and the necessary steps we need to take to protect your rights during the process. While we work vigorously to seek the positive outcome you deserve, you can focus on your recovery and getting the treatment you need.
Contact The Mandel Law Firm for Help
If you sustained a brain injury in an accident due to someone else’s negligent actions, do not hesitate to contact The Mandel Law Firm.
Our personal injury lawyers will fight hard for the justice and compensation you deserve. You can count on our legal team to guide you through each step and provide the support you need to get through this difficult time.
Call us at (646) 779-1441 today for your free consultation to learn more about your legal options. We’re here to help you get on the road to recovery.