Car accidents are not always serious in nature. However, there are some accidents that lead to serious injuries known as traumatic brain injuries (TBI). These injuries change the life of the victim in an instant. Many suffer paralysis. Others are no longer able to talk or feed themselves. Traumatic brain injuries require extensive medical care that can cost tens of thousands of dollars over the years. Today, the team from The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A. will explain all you need to know about traumatic brain injuries and car accidents.
Abnormal States Caused by TBI
There are four abnormal states a person can enter into because of TBI from a car accident. The four abnormal states include the following:
- Vegetative state
- Brain death
- Minimally conscious state
Signs of a TBI
Being injured in a car accident does not always lead to a TBI. However, if your family member had to be extricated from the vehicle or was unconscious upon arrival of emergency personnel, there’s a higher chance he or she suffered a TBI. The signs and symptoms of a TBI include the following:
- Clear fluid draining from the nose
- Loss of consciousness
- Weakness in the arms or legs
- Slurred speech
- Hard to wake up
- Double vision or unequal dilation of the pupils
- Loss of balance
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Ringing in the ears
- Memory or concentration problems
These are just a few of the symptoms related to traumatic brain injuries and car accidents.
Seeking Compensation for a TBI
Victims of TBI from car accidents are well within their rights to file a lawsuit with the help of a car accident attorney in NJ. An injury of this magnitude will be costly to care for as treatment could include multiple surgeries, years of therapy, renovations to your home, in-home health care, and dozens of different prescription medications.
When you decide to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party, a consultation with an attorney will help open your eyes to the next steps. An attorney will conduct a thorough investigation of the accident that caused your injuries, including collecting evidence, taking photographs, speaking to witnesses, reviewing the police report, and obtaining your medical records.
Compensation for a TBI caused by a car accident can include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Renovations to your home for a wheelchair or hospital bed
- Medical equipment
- In-home healthcare
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages (current and future)
Depending on the severity of the TBI, potential compensation could be worth millions of dollars.
Injured in a Car Accident? Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it is in your best interest to speak with a personal injury lawyer in NJ as soon as possible from The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A.