No symptoms? That doesn’t mean there’s no problem.
People who’ve been in car accidents often assume that if they didn’t hit their heads, or if they were in a relatively low-speed collision, then there’s no chance of a brain injury.
People who’ve been in car accidents often assume that if they didn’t hit their heads, or if they were in a relatively low-speed collision, there’s no chance of a brain injury.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
A traumatic brain injury can occur as a result of relatively minor accidents – even at slow speeds. That’s because traumatic brain injury doesn’t require your head to hit the steering wheel, windshield, dashboard or indeed anything at all. Your brain can experience trauma simply by being violently shaken and bouncing off the inside of the skull, resulting in swelling, bruising, bleeding or tearing of the brain tissue.
Perhaps the most common type of traumatic brain injury is the concussion. We tend to associate concussions with sports like football or hockey, but they’re not limited to athletes or athletic activity. The sharp and sudden back-and-forth motions of cars involved in accidents are tailor-made for concussions, which if left untreated can cause serious medical problems down the road.
People with a traumatic brain injury may present with any of a long list of symptoms, including (but not limited to):
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Poor motor control
- Language use deficits
- Visual perception deficits
- Decline in abstract reasoning abilities
- Exhibiting bad judgment
- Difficulty in planning
- Poor impulse control
- Personality change
Car accident victims with brain injuries can appear quite normal at first, with the onset of symptoms delayed from five minutes to as much as three hours. Because of this, it’s imperative to see a doctor as soon as possible after a car accident. They know what to look for, and they know what steps to take in the event of a traumatic brain injury
What happens next?
If you have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury as the result of a car accident, our attorneys can help. We can find out what caused the accident, who was at fault, and pursue a claim on your behalf. Our attorneys have a detailed understanding of how personal injury law in Florida works, and they know how to use that understanding on behalf of our clients.
Many of the cases we handle don’t actually make it to a courtroom, because we’re often able to negotiate fair financial settlements with the insurance companies before a trial becomes necessary. But if your case does go to court, there’s no need to worry. Our attorneys have an excellent track record taking insurance companies over cases just like yours – and our results speak for themselves.
Don’t suffer in silence. Contact the Andriotis Law Firm today for a free consultation.