A vehicle accident is one common cause of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). During an accident, a TBI occurs when the skull is hit with such force that it's fractured, punctured, or otherwise severely injured. If you or a loved one experiences a TBI as a result of a vehicular accident, here are a couple things you need to do to promote recovery and ensure you receive the necessary compensation to cover expenses and income loss related to the injury.
Seek Medical Attention
TBIs vary dramatically in their severity and recovery periods. A mild TBI may only require a few days of recovery and minimal medical intervention, while a more severe injury may leave the patient permanently incapacitated. However, regardless of the severity of the injury, it's essential for the patient to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Prompt medical attention has multiple benefits. It's difficult to gauge the true severity of a brain injury without seeing a doctor. Some individuals initially believe they're fine after an accident, and then experience signs of a concussion. Others might believe that they have a mild concussion, only to realize that their physical and psychological skills are impaired. A thorough evaluation will detect any issues as early as possible.
The earlier you detect a TBI, the sooner you or the injured party can start the necessary therapy or medical treatment for the injury. Though the doctor can't restore the damaged brain neurons, early and regular physical therapy can assist the patient with achieving the maximum recovery, given their injury.
Consult with Legal Counsel
Though some TBIs do resolve their own with no lasting effect, others require years of intensive medical care. This care is vital not only to help the patient recover the ability to speak and complete certain movements, but it's also necessary to keep them medically stable. It's not uncommon for patients who have lasting effects from a TBI to need round-the-clock care.
With so many variables, it's difficult to determine what amount constitutes a fair and reasonable settlement for the injured individual. An attorney can assist with ensuring that the injured party receives an adequate settlement to pay for intensive medical care and provide compensation for lost wages.
Some auto accidents that cause TBIs are caused by manufacturer defects with the vehicle operated by one of the drivers involved in the accident. This adds another layer that can make it tricky to secure a fair settlement. Your attorney will complete any research associated with any defects or shortcomings that contributed to the TBI and argue your case if necessary. For more information, contact an auto accident attorney.