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Legal Guidance for Brain Injury Victims After Car Crashes

Brain injuries after an Ohio Car Accident

Traumatic brain injuries after an Ohio car accident are frequent and often life-changing. If you’re dealing with your concussion or a loved one’s debilitating brain injuries from a car accident, you may have the right to compensation. Our attorneys have the skill and resources to help make the process as smooth as possible. Let KNR explain how to best recover your damages in full.

We offer 100% free consults, charge nothing up front, and always pursue the maximum amount possible. Contact KNR at 1-800-HURT-NOW today.

Concussions & Brain Injuries After a Car Crash

Traumatic brain damage often occurs when the head hits the car dashboard when they are thrown from the vehicle, striking their head on the pavement or on the steering wheel.

Some of the more common types of motor vehicle accidents known for causing brain injuries and concussions include:

Brain Injuries Associated with Car Accidents

There are multiple types of brain and head injuries you could be diagnosed with after a car accident. Closed head injuries, for example, will not crack or break the skull. Alternatively, open head injuries may be penetrating.

Other head and brain injuries are seen in Ohio car accidents could include:

  • Skull fractures
  • Concussion
  • Stroke
  • Edema
  • Hemorrhage
  • Hematoma
  • Diffuse axonal brain injuries
  • Hypoxic brain injuries
  • Anoxic head injuries

Signs & Symptoms of a TBI After a Car Accident

The brain is the most complex organ in the human body. Some of the signs and symptoms associated with traumatic brain trauma or concussion include:

  • Difficulty focusing
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Headache
  • Disorientation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Trouble focusing your eyes
  • Fluid leaking from the nose or ears
  • Mood changes
  • Difficulty with balance or coordination
  • Loss of muscle control

Treating a Car Accident-Related Brain Injury

Treatment options for concussions and brain injuries can vary widely depending on your injury’s severity, the trauma’s location, and other factors. Generally, treatment could include:

  • Neurocritical care
  • Use of brain oxygen monitors
  • Use of Intracranial Pressure (ICP) monitors
  • Ventilators
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Mental health counseling
  • Use of nasogastric feeding tubes
  • Electroencephalogram monitoring (EEG)
  • Prescription medications for sedation and pain
  • Prescription drugs to prevent seizures and infection
  • Prescription medications to control intracranial pressure
  • Craniotomy
  • Decompressive craniectomy
  • Cranioplasty
  • Tracheotomy
  • Placement of percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy tubes

These are just a few of the potential treatment options that may be available. Your physician and healthcare providers will review the extent of your injuries, your medical history, and other factors to determine which treatment plans are best suited for you. Your attorney will work tirelessly to ensure the at-fault party covers all your healthcare-related medical expenses.

The Impact of a Traumatic Brain Injury on Your Life

When dealing with head injuries and brain trauma, you can expect to deal with the consequences for a substantial amount of time or even the rest of your life.

You may require assistance learning how to care for yourself again, regain motor function, return to work, and otherwise complete daily living tasks. Other people dealing with traumatic brain injuries and concussions may require around-the-clock medical care.

It is important to consider the lasting impact of a traumatic brain injury when calculating the value of your claim. This way, your lawyer will be able to fight for maximum restitution for your damages.

Car Accident Claims & Lawsuits for TBIs

Following a car accident in Ohio, you will generally file a claim with the liable parties’ insurance provider. This is because Ohio is a fault state for insurance purposes.

Pursuing an insurance claim with the liable party’s insurer gives you your best opportunity to ensure the defendant is held accountable. However, in some cases, the insurance company denies liability or attempts to diminish your brain injuries’ severity. In these and other cases, filing a personal injury lawsuit may be necessary.

This means collecting evidence, filing documents, utilizing the discovery phase, and sometimes arguing your case at trial. And while resolving brain injury cases in court is rare, the evidence should be compelling and illustrate how your life has been negatively affected.

Important Documentation Following a Brain Injury

If you hope to be awarded total compensation for your concussion or car accident-related TBI, you must show that you have suffered financial, emotional, or psychological trauma. As a result

Some standard pieces of evidence and documentation that could be used to support your right to compensation include:

  • Photos of the car accident scene
  • Photos of your traumatic brain injuries
  • The liable party’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test results
  • The liable party’s cell phone records
  • Dash cam or CCTV footage of the car accident
  • Black box data from the involved vehicles
  • Affidavits from those who witnessed the collision
  • Expert witness testimony

Negligence & Liability for Brain Injuries after a Car Accident

Successful car accident claims require you and your attorney to prove negligence caused your brain injury and establish liability for the harm it caused. The elements of negligence for car accident lawsuits are as follows:

Duty of Care

The defendant must have owed the injury victim a duty of care. In car accident cases, all drivers have a duty of care to operate their vehicles safely to avoid harming themselves and others sharing the roads.

Breach Of Duty

In a car accident claim, any type of unsafe driving, such as distracted driving, drowsy driving, impaired driving, aggressive driving, speeding, failure to yield, or other traffic violations, could be considered a breach of the duty of care.

Causation

The defendant’s breach of the duty of care must be the cause of the car accident or the victims resulting damages.

Damages

The car accident victim must have suffered significant financial, psychological, emotional, or physical traumas because of the accident.

Brain Injuries from Car Accidents: Damages & Compensation

When dealing with a massive financial loss, considerable physical injuries, and emotional trauma, recovering compensation can ease your burden.

Some examples of economic damages and non-economic damages related to brain injuries following a car crash that you may be entitled to include:

  • Ambulance fees and hospital bills
  • Costs of prescription medications
  • Costs of in-home medical care
  • Costs of vehicle repair or replacement
  • Loss of income and future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium
  • Diminished quality of life

KNR’s Brain Injury Lawyers Can Help

KNR can handle all the legalities of your case. Whether you suffered a concussion or serious TBI, while you are recovering, you should not have to deal with a painful litigation process. Instead, let us handle the details, document your losses, and negotiate so you can heal in peace.

Our Car Accident Team Will:

  • Investigate the cause of your car accident and subsequent brain injuries
  • Obtain evidence to prove how your brain injuries occurred and who is responsible
  • Prepare insurance claims, trial documents, and other necessary paperwork
  • Document your economic and non-economic damages to calculate the value of your case.
  • Negotiate with the insurance company to get the most out of your claim
  • Represent your best interests in court if necessary.
  • Never charge you upfront. If there’s no recovery, there’s no cost.

Suffering from a TBI after a Car Crash? Call KNR

If you were seriously injured in a car crash and now dealing with a severe head injury, reach out to our experienced Ohio car accident lawyers. We will advise you, review all your options, and fight to secure the maximum amount possible. At KNR, we make getting what you deserve more straightforward because what you’re going through is hard enough.

Get your free, no-risk consultation. Call 1-800-HURT-NOW today.