Car Accident Recovery and a TBI

May 22, 2021
BY: Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O'Cathain & O'Cathain

Many people believe that their overabundance of caution on the road means that even if other people are driving poorly they are safe from getting into an accident. Unfortunately, even if you are doing everything you are supposed to when you are driving (or being a passenger), this does not mean that you will be safe on the road. Another person could be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or they could be distracted and blow through a red light. When this is the case, even the safest of drivers will not be able to protect themselves from getting into an accident. So, what happens if you get a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result?

Are TBIs common after car accidents? 

TBIs can range from mild to severe, so they are very common after car accidents. A person with a minor concussion has a TBI, but this is something they will likely heal from sooner rather than later. When you have been in a car accident, you should always be concerned that a TBI is one of the injuries you have so that you can seek medical attention and look out for the symptoms. Many symptoms may not seem serious or may not present immediately after the accident, which is why TBIs can turn fatal if you do not get the help you need. Especially in older adults who may more commonly have symptoms of TBIs (like memory loss from dementia), you want to make sure you and any passengers in your car are getting the medical attention they need. 

Should I file a claim after a car accident? 

There are certainly instances where filing a legal claim will be more money and trouble than it is worth. If you come away from an accident with no property damage and minor injuries, a claim or lawsuit may not be worth pursuing. However, if your car is totaled, you have hospital stays, surgery, rehabilitation, or expensive medication, speaking with a lawyer, like a car accident lawyer from a law firm like The Law Firm of Frederick J. Brynn, P.C. can help you determine what the next best steps to take are. 

TBIs can result in a permanent change to your life and could mean that you are no longer able to enjoy activities you used to love or you may not be able to go back to work. When this is the case, you should consider reaching out to a local attorney who can help you after your car accident.