Any time you are involved in a car accident in which your car hits something else, your head could jolt in numerous directions while the vehicle is at a high speed. This can lead to concussions and other brain injuries. At Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn we work with many people who have suffered brain injuries in car accidents, and they often do not realize the many ways a brain can be injured. Keep reading to get the facts and then contact us at (310) 209-1600 for a legal consultation.
There Are Many Things Brain Injuries Can Come From
Even a seemingly “minor” brain injury can end with an accident victim in the hospital. These head injuries can come from a contusion, concussion, laceration, abrasion, burn, or nerve damage. Do not believe that any of these are minor. Some are serious from the get go, and others can turn very serious if they are not treated immediately at a doctor’s office or in the emergency room.
Know the Symptoms and Signs of Brain Injury
When the head is not directly impacted, many people do not think of considering a TBI. However, if you are traveling at 45 miles per hour and your body is suddenly stopped when you collide with another vehicle, your brain can actually move within your head and hit your skull. You might not have immediate symptoms but could be bleeding internally the entire time.
This is one of the reasons that it is so important to know the symptoms and signs of brain injuries. Some of the symptoms are obvious and some seem to be totally unrelated. Examples include unconsciousness, confusion, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, nausea, the inability to speak correctly, depression, changes in sleep, and short-term memory loss.
Can You Sue After a Brain Injury?
It depends on how the injury occurred and whether or not someone was negligent in causing it. If they were, then you could file a personal injury lawsuit. Some of the factors that will affect the settlement amount include how serious the injury was, how certain it is that the at-fault party was indeed at fault, how much the injury has disrupted your everyday life, and your treatment and recovery options.
You could be financially compensated for pain and suffering too, along with the cost of suing the at-fault party. If they intentionally hurt you, then you might be able to seek punitive damages, which are designed to actually punish the party for harming you.
If you are ready to find out what your options are, we invite you to contact Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn at (310) 209-1600 for a free legal consultation. We can go over the basics and let you know what your best way forward might be.