Thousands of people in the United States are killed in car accidents every year, and many more are injured. Traumatic brain injury is a life-altering result of many car accidents. People who suffer traumatic brain injuries will need ongoing care to aid in their recovery, which can result in a significant monetary and emotional toll. 

Craig Swapp & Associates is one of the top law firms in the Western U.S.for personal injury, with a focus area on vehicle accidents. Our team can help achieve compensation for individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries because of a car accident

How Accidents Cause TBIs

Traumatic brain injuries (or TBI)  are caused by an impact on the head. These impacts can be external (like an impact with the steering wheel) or penetrative (if debris becomes a projectile and punctures the skull). 

Even with safety measures like seatbelts and airbags, collisions can still cause a TBI. Severe collisions are almost guaranteed to result in some degree of head injury.

Treatment for TBI

For brain injuries, treatments can include surgery, medication, and rehabilitative therapy. Surgeries can relieve pressure on the brain, remove blood clots, repair skull fractures, or remove dead tissue. Medications may include anticoagulants (to prevent blood clots), stimulants (to increase awareness), and muscle relaxants (to prevent seizures).

There are various therapies to help with the many things that can be lost to TBI after an accident. You may need some or all of the following: 

  • Physical therapy to rebuild strength and coordination
  • Cognitive therapy to help with memory
  • Speech therapy to restore communicative abilities

Prognosis and Lifetime Cost

Unfortunately, these various treatments can quickly result in severe medical bills. The lifetime cost estimate of medical bills can climb to billions of dollars in direct and indirect costs. That means you’ll need to consider both the immediate medical costs of your injuries and the long-term rehabilitation you face. 

Sometimes, these treatments are still unable to restore full functionality to the individual suffering the traumatic brain injury. There is only a 26 percent improvement rate for people suffering traumatic brain injuries, with the remaining percentages dying, becoming worse, or staying the same. 

Determining Liability for Your Injuries 

The person who caused the car accident is liable to compensate the victim for their brain injury and related losses. Whether it is by covering medical bills, car repairs, or other expenses incurred by the accident, the person who caused the car accident can be held responsible for the damage they generated. 

After such a traumatic event, having the expenses that follow taken care of can be a huge relief. A personal injury lawyer is able to determine how much compensation is owed to the victim, and help them to receive it.

Discuss Your Brain Injury with a Car Accident Lawyer 

If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury, your next step after seeking treatment may be to seek compensation. But what can you do to seek the funds you’re due for your injuries?

The qualified team of lawyers at Craig Swapp & Associates is here to help you recover from your injuries and get the help you need from your car accident. When you’re ready, reach out for a free consultation, where you can learn more about your next steps. Call 1-800-404-9000 or fill out the following online contact form for your free consultation.