Being in a motor vehicle accident is one of the most frightening experiences you can have. In addition to causing you emotional distress, it can cause you serious physical problems and even mental problems if you suffer a traumatic brain injury.
Traumatic brain injuries can especially have an adverse effect on your personal/family relationships, on your employment, and on your quality of life overall. Here is a close look at brain injuries and your rights if someone else's negligence caused you to suffer these types of injuries in a New York car crash.
You may have suffered a brain injury without even realizing it
A brain injury can happen if you strike your head against a hard surface while in a car accident. The impact to your head may not have necessarily knocked you out, and you may not have suffered a fracture to your skull. You may have even been coherent enough to exchange insurance at the accident scene. However, you may eventually begin to experience the symptoms of brain injury. These symptoms include the following:
- Memory issues
- Personality changes
- Attention and concentration issues
- Struggle getting to sleep or staying asleep
- Dizziness and balance problems
- Frustration, anger or irritability
- Double vision
- Trouble watching TV or reading
- Communication and speech problems
You could also struggle with tasks involving organization and planning. In addition, you might experience depression as a result of the injury itself or due to the life changes resulting from your injuries.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it would behoove you to see a doctor right away for a proper diagnosis and the necessary treatments for the injury to your brain.
Your rights as a traumatic brain injury victim
If your brain injury was the result of another motorist's negligence, it is within your rights to file a personal injury claim against him or her, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages. Competent proof of negligence is required to establish liability before the court hearing your case. If that happens, the court will make a ruling on your claim for financial damages.
If you are successful in your personal injury claim, you may receive a monetary award that can help you cover your medical expenses and even the loss of wages if your injuries prevented you from returning to work for a time. Monetary compensation may also help to address pain and suffering resulting from your injury-causing car crash.