Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are an extremely serious matter. In fact, even when medical professionals label them “mild,” they can still result in serious, long-term complications. Some of the more common complications associated with TBIs include persistent headaches, dizziness, sensitivity to light or sound, problems concentrating, and issues with communication.
When victims sustain TBIs in accidents caused by the negligence of other people, they are typically entitled to compensation for their accident-related damages. These damages can include medical expenses, lost income, lost quality of life, and physician and emotional pain and suffering. Three of the most common causes of serious TBIs include:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents often leave victims with TBIs, especially when there is serious head trauma involved. In many cases, vehicle occupants hit their heads on the dashboard or other parts of the vehicle, potentially resulting in a brain injury. Motorcyclists are particularly at risk for TBIs in accidents.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
When people slip, trip, or fall, there is always the potential that they will hit their heads, and any type of head trauma can potentially cause a brain injury. Common causes of slip and fall accidents that result in head trauma include slippery floors, poorly maintained stairwells, and accumulations of snow or ice.
Bicyclists are at significant risk of sustaining head injuries in accidents even when they are wearing helmets. Bike accidents are often caused by motorists, but they may also be the result of poorly maintained roads or bike lanes or hazards located on private property.
Protecting Your Rights after a Traumatic Brain Injury
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, it’s critical that you take certain steps to protect your ability to recover any compensation you are due.
Seek Medical Attention
It’s critical that you seek medical attention after any head injury. TBIs are often “invisible,” meaning that there are no outward signs of the injury that others can easily spot. For this reason, it’s extremely important that you obtain a diagnosis.
Do Not Discuss Your Accident with Anyone
After your accident, you may be contacted by an insurance company asking questions about the way it occurred. Do not discuss your accident with anyone until you have had a chance to talk to a lawyer. The things you say about your accident could have a detrimental impact on your case and may even make it difficult to recover compensation at all.
Contact an Attorney as Soon as You Can
Finally, be sure to call a lawyer as soon as you can after an accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury. There is always a chance that important evidence can be lost or degrade, so it’s critical to start any necessary investigation as soon as possible.
Contact Salam & Associates for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you should contact an attorney as soon as you can. At Salam & Associates, we understand how to get injured victims the compensation they deserve. Our lawyers are licensed in Texas, New Mexico, Michigan and D.C. Call us today or contact us online at www.salampc.com or [email protected].