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Steps to Take If You Have Suffered a Brain Injury in a Car Accident

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If you have been involved in a New York City car accident, you know you’re at risk of suffering a range of injuries. Head injuries or traumatic brain injuries are often a consequence of car accidents. This may occur when you hit your head against the steering wheel or the vehicle’s interior, or when you are ejected from the vehicle and strike your head against the pavement. Needless to say, a brain injury may have serious health consequences for victims. For some, this might mean permanent cognitive damage and physical or mental disabilities that affects their ability to lead a normal and independent life.

Types of Collisions

Here are some of the different types of collisions that may cause head injuries:

Broadside crashes: Side-impact collisions occur when another vehicle strikes the side of your vehicle. The impact from a broadside crash may cause the driver to lose control of his or her vehicle and strike other vehicles or objects such as walls or trees.

Head-on crashes: When two vehicles collide head on, the consequences can be devastating. The impact from such a crash might cause your head and neck to be jerked forward and back, increasing the risk of brain damage. You also run the risk of hitting your head against the dashboard or other parts of the interior of the vehicle, which may cause serious head injuries.

Rear-end collisions: When you are struck by the vehicle behind you, the impact can be significant as well. While rear-end crashes commonly cause whiplash injuries, they may also increase the risk of a brain injury.

What Are the Symptoms of a Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injuries may range in severity from a concussion to a skull fracture or brain bleed. Even non-life-threatening brain injuries have the potential to result in irreversible brain damage that may leave a person disabled for life. Here are some of the most common symptoms of a brain injury, which require immediate attention:

• Headache
• Dizziness
• Loss of consciousness
• Nausea and/or vomiting
• Lack of energy or fatigue
• Seizures
• Problems with memory

What Steps Can You Take?

If you have suffered a brain injury in a car accident, it is important that you take the necessary steps to protect your legal rights. First, make sure you seek prompt medical attention, treatment and care for your injuries. It is important that you receive treatment at the scene or get to an emergency room as soon as possible.

File a police report and obtain a copy of the report for your records. Collect as much evidence as possible from the scene of the accident including photos and video of the accident scene and your injuries, contact information for other parties involved in the incident and contact information for anyone who may have seen the accident. Your personal injury lawyer will also be able to help collect and compile this type of information.

Those who suffer brain injuries often tend to go through a lengthy treatment and rehabilitation process. Some victims may even require occupational and speech therapy. Treatment costs can add up very quickly. In such cases, you may be able to seek compensation for your damages and losses from the at-fault parties. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income and benefits, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. An experienced brain injury lawyer will be able to guide you through the process and help you obtain maximum compensation for your losses.

Contacting an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in a car accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a negligent or careless driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.

For over 47 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole.

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