Texas sees its fair share of motor vehicle accidents each year. Some of these accidents are harmless while others can result in life-changing injuries. One of the most serious injuries that a person can sustain in a motor vehicle accident is a traumatic brain injury.
What is a traumatic brain injury?
When a person suffers a violent blow to the head or their head is impaled by an object, it can create what is known as a traumatic brain injury. In mild cases of traumatic brain injury, the person will experience temporary issues. These include fatigue, dizziness, nausea, sensitivity to light and even loss of consciousness. In more severe cases, the injuries could result in bleeding, torn tissues or bruising to the brain. These more severe injuries could result in long-term permanent damage or even death.
Car accidents currently account for 20% of the overall causes of traumatic brain injuries. This makes car accidents the second leading cause of this type of injury. Traumatic brain injuries can happen to vehicle drivers, motorcycle riders and pedestrians involved in an accident on the road.
Be mindful of settlement offers
When a traumatic brain injury is a result of a vehicle accident, insurance companies know that the cost can get very expensive. For this reason, many insurance companies will try to settle for a lump sum of money. While it may seem like a lot of money right off of the bat, you may find that the amount will not cover all of your medical expenses over the long term. Due to the sensitivity of this type of injury, it’s important to pay close attention to your diagnosis, treatment suggestions and long-term care so that you’ll know how much it will cost.
Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can result in serious harm to victims of someone else’s negligence. When it comes to a traumatic brain injury, mild or severe, you should seek legal assistance to ensure that you get the compensation that you’ll need.