A brain injury after an accident can cause permanent impairments. A person may experience physical, emotional, and cognitive impairments after a traumatic brain injury. The steps you take after an accident could impact your recovery from injuries. Your choices could also have a significant impact on your ability to recover compensation for a brain injury from the party who caused your injuries, suffering, and damages.
Types of Accidents That Can Cause a Brain Injury
Almost any accident can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A blow to the head can cause a concussion, bleeding, swelling, tears, and other damage to the brain. However, brain damage can result even without a blow to the head. A strong jolt to the body from a car crash or a fall could result in brain damage. The brain moves within the skull, crashing into the skull, causing injury to the brain tissue.
Examples of accidents and situations that can result in a brain injury include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sports activities and recreational activities
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Bicycle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
- Premises liability claims
- Workplace accidents
- Assaults and violence
- Pedestrian accidents
If another party’s actions or inactions lead to your injury, you can seek compensation for your damages by filing a personal injury claim. You could receive compensation for your injuries, loss of income, medical bills, permanent impairments, and other damages.
What Should I Do After an Accident?
It can be challenging to think clearly after an accident. You are dazed and confused. Your injuries may cause you to lose consciousness, or you may be physically unable to do anything. However, if possible, take as many of the following steps to protect yourself and your legal rights after an accident:
- Report the accident immediately. Call 911 for assistance or report the injury to the property owner or someone in charge.
- Seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. Delays in medical care could cause further injury and hurt your personal injury claim. NOTE: Symptoms of a brain injury could take several hours or days to recognize. If you experience any brain injury symptoms, seek emergency medical treatment because you could have a life-threatening condition.
- Do not discuss the accident or your injuries with anyone other than the police, your doctors, and a Tulsa personal injury lawyer.
- If it is safe for you to do so, take pictures of the accident scene and make a video with your cell phone. Ask eyewitnesses for their contact information and names.
- Continue medical treatment and follow your doctor’s treatment plan.
- Do not discuss the accident or your injuries with an insurance adjuster for the other party without your attorney.
Contact a Tulsa personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case. An attorney reviews your case to provide an honest assessment of your legal rights and options for seeking compensation for damages.
Get Help From an Experienced Tulsa Brain Injury Lawyer
Contact The Law Office of Michael R. Green, PLLC, by calling (866) 944-4733 to schedule your free consultation with a brain injury attorney in Tulsa.