What Happens if You Suffer a Brain Injury in a Car Accident?
When you or someone else has been in an auto collision, the first thing you should do is seek medical care. It’s too easy to just assume that if you don’t have any pain or serious injuries, that you are not injured. The problem is that if you are injured and don’t seek medical help you may be causing further injury to yourself, and even limiting your ability to seek restitution for your injuries.
One of the unfortunate outcomes of an automobile collision is a brain injury. Less severe brain injury symptoms may go unnoticed for days, weeks, or even months. When the injuries do make themselves known, people often write them off as part of the normal aches and pains associated with daily life.
Brain injuries range from minor, where a person may only exhibit small changes to their health, to severe (traumatic), where serious physical and psychological trauma may occur. Common traumatic physical and psychological conditions can include personality and behavioral changes; memory loss; chronic headaches; changes in motor skills; seizures; paralysis; speech and language impediments; dizziness; loss of sight, vision, taste, and smell; coma; as well as many others.
In the days, weeks, and months following an auto collision, it is important to pay particular attention to any and all changes in the way a person act thinks, moves, and feels. Brain injuries, unless they materialize immediately after an automobile collision, can be difficult to prove. The longer it takes for an injured person to exhibit brain injury symptoms, the harder it will be for the injured person to prove that the injuries were the result of the auto collision. That is why it is so important for an injured person to seek medical attention immediately after an accident, and whenever a change in medical symptoms is noted.
Unlike a broken bone where you can see the break or fracture on an x-ray, brain injuries can be difficult to prove because the injury may not be visible on an x-ray or CAT scan. An experienced personal injury lawyer has to rely on testimony from doctors, experienced medical specialists, and people who have spent time with the injured person. People who know the injured person can attest to the fact that their behavior has changed since the auto collision.
Proving Brain Injury
Contacting family – Family members, especially those who live with the injured person, can offer valuable information about how the injured person has changed since the accident. For instance, a brain injured person may be difficult to deal with, suffer from mood swings, is forgetful, etc.
Talking with neighbors, friends, and acquaintances – Talking with neighbors, friends, and acquaintances offers a perspective not available from family. Lawyers know that in everyday life, people spend considerable time outside of work and home. It is necessary to obtain sworn testimony from anyone the injured has previously spent time with, in an attempt to ascertain how the injured person acted prior to the auto collision.
Talking with coworkers – Lawyers can talk with a brain injured person’s coworkers to find out what the injured person was like before the auto collision, and compare it to what they are like afterward. Comparing how an injured person did their job and behaved before an injury, with how they did their job and behaved after the injury, can prove to be invaluable when a lawsuit has been filed.
Doctor (specialist) testimony – Brain injury specialists are often called to provide sworn testimony of how a brain injury occurs during an automobile collision. If a case goes before a jury, the information obtained can help layman jurors to better understand how the brain, which is protected by the skull, can be damaged.
Teachers – This is especially important with children whose brains are still developing. A child, teenager, or young adult who was healthy and intelligent before the injury, and who is later exhibiting changed behavior or slower development, may have sustained a brain injury. It is very important that a person who has been in an automobile accident, especially a child, teenager, or young adult, be tested for potential physical and psychological changes after an auto collision.
After an auto collision, it is important to consult an experienced personal injury attorney who can determine if a case should be pursued. An experienced personal attorney can advise you what type of doctors can provide proper medical treatment, and can advise on ways to protect your legal case. At M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers, we understand how devastating brain injury trauma can be, and how it can affect an injured person’s life, family, and livelihood. Our experienced lawyers have a proven track record in handling these cases and have sought the maximum recovery for our injured clients. Please call us for your free consultation.