What To Know About Car Accident Head Injury Claims - O'Connor Acciani & Levy

What To Know About Car Accident Head Injury Claims

November 13, 2017 | By O'Connor Acciani & Levy
What To Know About Car Accident Head Injury Claims

Head injuries are some of the most serious types of injuries that car accident victims can suffer. Some head injuries can result in lifelong consequences, both physically and psychologically. If you or a loved one sustained a brain injury after a car accident, it is critical to your health to immediately seek medical attention. Your next step should be to contact an experienced Cincinnati car accident lawyer to discuss your situation and determine if you are entitled to compensation for the effects of your injury.

Types Of Head Injuries

Car crashes can cause many different types of head injuries. These severe injuries are usually divided into two categories: open head injuries and closed head injuries, both of which can be fatal if they are not treated properly.

Closed Head Injuries

Closed head injuries can occur when the momentum of the collision causes the brain to collide with the inside of the skull. These injuries are often caused when a person’s head bangs against a hard surface, such as the steering wheel or dashboard. Some types of closed head injuries include:
  • Concussion – A concussion results when there is a sudden blow to the head.
  • Hematoma – This is a blood clot in the skull that may lead to serious symptoms such as tears in brain tissue or blood vessels.
  • Contusion – These are bruises that can result in internal bleeding, possibly requiring surgical removal.
  • Diffuse axonal – A concussion is considered a mild form of a diffuse axonal injury. This is caused by a strong rotation of the head that causes brain structure to tear.

Open Head Injuries

Open head injuries occur when the skull is penetrated by an outside object, such as metal, glass or an object that became a projectile during the crash. These injuries are caused by force and may result in bone fragments striking the brain, which can cause additional neurological damage. Surgery is often necessary to treat these types of injuries.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Head Injury?

If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a car accident, it is important to seek medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms of a head injury:
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Drowsiness or fatigue
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Problems with short-term memory loss
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating or reasoning
  • Difficulty maintaining balance
  • Mood swings
  • Numbness
  • Low level of alertness
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Problems sleeping
  • Slowed response time

Evidence To Support Your Head Injury Claim

If you decide to pursue a personal injury claim after suffering an injury in a car accident, our attorneys can help you gather the necessary evidence to support your claim, such as:

Medical Records

Seeking medical treatment immediately after the car accident can help you strengthen your claim. Medical records can establish the link between the car accident and your head injury. They may also exhibit that you did not have a previous injury. Keep copies of the following documents and other types of medical evidence:
  • Hospital bills
  • Physician medical records
  • X-rays
  • Diagnostic test results
  • Imaging test results
  • Prescriptions
  • Surgery notes
  • Treatment notes

Pictures

As soon as possible, it is important to take pictures of the accident scene. If possible, you should have pictures that show the following:
  • Damage to the vehicles involved
  • Any debris on the roadway
  • The street where the accident occurred and any road signage
  • Other property damage in the area
  • Weather and road conditions
Additionally, it may take some time between the date of your accident and the trial or settlement. You should take pictures of your injuries and how they progress.

Police Report

After an accident involving injury, it is critical to contact police. The accident report may include information about the accident, whether the other driver received a citation and the officer’s opinion about what caused the accident.

Witness Statements

If any witnesses observed the accident, they may be able to provide more information about the cause of the crash. If possible, talk to any witnesses after the crash and get their contact information for future reference.

Contact An Experienced Car Accident Lawyer In Cincinnati

Head injuries can result in significant medical complications and financial losses. If you think the car accident that caused your injury was caused by negligence, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to determine your legal options. The attorneys at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy will provide you with a free, no obligation consultation to evaluate your claim and determine if you can pursue financial compensation for the damages you suffered. We can conduct an investigation into the cause of the accident and gather information to support your claim. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you do not have to pay any upfront legal fees. We only require payment if we secure compensation for your accident claim.