A brain injury after a car accident can cause lifelong disabilities and even death. Unfortunately, head injuries cause nearly 30% of injury deaths in the US.
Moreover, the effects of head injuries after car accidents are long-lasting. A single head injury—even at a young age—can “lead to dementia later on in life.”
After car accidents, medical bills pile up, and it is hard to get insurance companies to pay. Legal scholars estimate that 95% of car accidents eventually settle. However, usually a settlement involves wrangling insurance companies.
Therefore, if you or a loved one suffered a head injury after a car accident, you need experienced personal injury attorneys who handle traumatic brain injury settlements in California. A personal injury attorney can fight for your rightful compensation.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can occur when you sustain head injuries after a car accident. Head injuries occur after car accidents because the head “suddenly and violently hits an object.”
Symptoms of a TBI can include:
- Blurred vision,
- Ringing in the ears,
- Mood changes, and
- Loss of memory.
These symptoms may be mild, moderate, or severe. Moreover, half of severe TBIs may require surgery to repair or remove ruptured blood vessels and bruised brain tissue.
Brain damage from car accidents may lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering that often leaves people disabled. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), common long-term disabilities include:
- Cognitive problems,
- Issues with sensory processing (touch, taste, hearing),
- New mental health conditions (depression, anxiety, aggression), and
- Personality changes.
Severe head injuries can even leave people in a long-term coma.
When Can You Get Compensated for Head Injuries from Car Accidents?
Treating TBIs is expensive. Lifelong care can range from hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the level of care required. Therefore, If someone injures you in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
The amount of compensation depends on who is at fault and the circumstances of the accident. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your case. We can determine if you have a compensation claim.
What Damages Can You Collect?
If you suffer a brain injury after a car accident, you may be able to collect damages. Generally, damages can include:
- Medical bills,
- Repair or replacement of your car,
- Lost income,
- Lost benefits,
- Lost earning capacity, and
- Pain and suffering.
Our team can evaluate your case and determine if you are eligible for damages. However, California has a two-year statute of limitations for car accident claims. Thus, time is critical.
Why Should You Hire an Attorney?
Head injuries from car accidents are costly. Therefore, you can expect the insurance company to try to undervalue your claim.