Brain injuries can be and are extremely serious. Although it may seem like it can only happen to someone else, this is false. Over 500,000 brain injuries a years require medical attention, half of which come from traffic accidents. That being said, it can happen to anyone and it can happen anywhere. If you end up with a head injury, whether it seems serious or not, it is important that you follow these steps.
Immediately go to the hospital
After a car accident, it is easy to not realize any injuries that may have been acquired. With adrenaline pumping through your system as well as the distraction of the accident, chances are you won’t immediately notice anything wrong. The reality is that you or any passengers could have received a traumatic brain injury that should be treated as soon as possible. Make sure your next immediate stop is seeking medical attention. If it turns out that you did receive a head injury due to the other driver’s negligence, you must ensure that you are compensated properly. If you are unsure of how to do so follow the steps listed below.
What to do next:
1. Hire an Attorney
Brain injury lawsuits can extremely complex and difficult. You will want to hire someone who has experiences with cases such as these. Doing so will help to make sure that you have a fair case and that you will receive the compensation you deserve.
2. Gather Evidence
Because brain injuries can be difficult to detect, making a case can be that much harder. Make sure to document as much of the accident as possible, whether it is writing down the fine details, taking pictures, or recording symptoms you experience afterwards. Going above and beyond to collect any evidence will help you in the long run.
3. Prove Negligence
In order to receive compensation for your injuries, you must prove that the other driver was negligent. Hiring an attorney as well as gathering evidence are two major, helpful components in doing this. The injuries you are trying to receive compensation for must be proven the direct result of the driver’s negligence.
Brain injuries are extremely hard to detect, and sometimes symptoms can be delayed, causing you to only notice them much later. Not only that, but they are commonly misdiagnosed. If you feel that you have a brain injury of any sort, it is important to contact an attorney to assist you to take the necessary actions and to ease your burden.