Brain Injury Attorney
You’re driving to work with a colleague, taking your usual route, mindful of the other cars and pedestrians that make up daily traffic in your neighborhood. Suddenly, you’re broad-sided by a speeding sports car that came out of nowhere . . . or, stopped at a red light, you are unexpectedly rear-ended by a SUV.
You hit the steering wheel, and your passenger hits the windshield.
Everyone’s first instinct when a motor vehicle accident happens is to ask, “Are you all right?” You check for obvious personal injuries: Is anyone unconscious? Can you move your arms and legs? Are you or your passenger bleeding?
When no one appears injured, you breathe a sigh of relief: Everyone’s okay.
But sometimes everyone is not okay. You or your passenger may have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that is not obvious, and immediate treatment may make a difference.
An experienced personal injury attorney can guide you in understanding your legal rights and in getting the medical attention you may need.
While federal agencies such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration compile statistics on motor vehicle accidents and the number of people killed or injured, there is no national database that specifically quantifies head injuries and resulting traumatic brain injuries. Here are some things we do know, however, from government statistics, neuroscientists, and consumer safety studies:
- Millions of people suffer personal injuries to the head each year, most of which are minor because of the protection the skull provides the brain. The symptoms of these minor injuries usually – but not always – disappear on their own.
- Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of all personal injuries to the head. These accidents cause about 28% of traumatic brain injuries; sports injuries cause another estimated 20%. Other common causes are household falls and physical assaults.
- Traffic accidents account for half (49%) of the 500,000 personal injuries to the head serious enough to require hospitalization each year. Altogether, traumatic brain injuries cause about a third (34%) of all injury deaths in the United States.
- There is increasing scientific evidence that brain damage can be caused by personal injuries to the head even when there has been no loss of consciousness. The result can be not only long-term physical disability, but emotional, intellectual, and social trauma. Just in the last few years, National Football League studies and Congressional hearings have documented these symptoms among professional football players who have suffered concussions, and some of them have committed suicide.
If you wonder how a bump on the head can lead to major brain injury, think of it this way: In a moving car struck by another moving car, in a split second your brain goes from the car speed to zero.
If you or a loved one has experienced a brain injury, you may have legal grounds to seek compensation. The party responsible and their insurance company should pay your medical bills, therapy and retraining expenses. Talk to a personal injury lawyer that is committed to helping clients who have suffered a personal injuries to the brain. Don’t delay! Call Clay now! We provide an initial consultation FREE of charge to you regardless of whether you retain our services.