In the United States, we have an accident problem. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2016 there were roughly 7,277,000 motor vehicle accidents reported by police, which resulted in 37,461 deaths and 3,144,000 people suffering injury. Those are large numbers for one year. Injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents can cause tremendous hardships, especially for those who suffer traumatic brain injury (TBI).
It doesn’t take much to injure the brain. In fact, even a simple bump to the head or sudden whiplash can cause a number of brain injuries, even mild TBI. When you’re in an accident that is caused by the negligence of another driver, you deserve to have the responsible party held liable for their careless actions and to receive a fair and just compensation for your injuries. At the Maurer Law Firm, experienced brain injury attorney Ira Maurer can help if you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident.
After any accident, it’s important to perform certain actions right away such as exchanging personal information with the other driver, taking pictures, and filing a police report. Another one of the most important things is to see a doctor immediately for any injuries you may have sustained during the crash. This is especially true if you hit your head or experience whiplash even a little, as brain injuries may not show symptoms right away. Being evaluated by a medical professional immediately after the incident will help your case show that the injuries you sustained were the result of the accident.
Brain injuries may not develop immediately after the accident. In some cases, the effects and symptoms may show up later, making it important that you’re able to recognize the symptoms because getting treatment is critical for any brain injury, especially in cases of TBI. Mild cases of TBI include symptoms such as:
- Headaches, confusion, dizziness
- Blurry vision and/or ringing in your ears
- Feeling fatigued or a change in your sleep pattern
- Changes in behavior or mood
- Issues with memory, attention, thinking
Someone with moderate to severe TBI may show more extreme symptoms that include:
- Chronic or worsening headaches that don’t go away
- Continuous nausea or vomiting
- Seizures and/or convulsions
- Being unable to wake up
- Slurred speech
- Loss of coordination or weakness in limbs
- Extreme issues with behavior and/or cognitive changes
If you or someone you love were in an accident and had trauma to your head and experience any of these symptoms it’s imperative that you see a doctor right away. Not only because it will help your case if the injury was caused by another’s negligence but because seeking treatment as soon as possible is critical for any injury to the brain to avoid any long-term damage.
If you suffered a brain injury as a result of an accident caused by someone else’s carelessness, please call the Maurer Law Firm today at 845-896-5295 to schedule your free consultation. We proudly help those who suffer personal injury in the areas of Fishkill, Myers Corner, Beacon, and Legrangeville, New York.