Over the past few years our office has seen an increase in head injuries from auto accidents. Head injuries, or more technically referred to as traumatic brain injuries (or TBI), are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were about 2.5 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in 2010, and motor vehicle crashes were the third overall leading cause of TBI.
In a car accident you can sustain brain trauma if your head strikes an object such as the steering wheel or windshield, which may cause your brain to strike the inside of your skull. Wearing a seatbelt and having properly working airbags can help prevent these injuries. If you are involved in a motor vehicle crash, hit your head and experience loss of consciousness, feel nauseous, are confused, or have trouble remember what happened during the accident, you should seek medical attention immediately. Head injuries are very difficult to diagnose yourself because most times there are no visible injuries, such as lacerations or bruises.
After an accident, seeing a medical professional and being diagnosed with a head injury you may want to research your legal rights and options. It can be expensive to treat head injuries, which include initial medical treatment, follow up tests, physical therapy, time away from work, prescription medication, and a number of other related costs and expenses.
We have helped numerous head injury victims obtain financial compensation for their pain and suffering and medical bills from the responsible party. If you have suffered an injury in a car accident because of a careless driver, do not hesitate to seek legal guidance.
Mahaney & Pappas, LLP, is a Massachusetts personal injury law firm that has focuses and specializes in helping people, who have been seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout Massachusetts get the financial compensation they deserve. We offer free case evaluations. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, call us today (508) 879-3500 or contact us online.