Car accidents can be sudden, traumatic incidents. The range of injuries you could receive in a car crash can include relatively minor injuries as well as very severe, life-altering injuries. Concussions are a moderate to severe injury that is all too common after car crashes. In many cases, concussions may cause intense pain and discomfort, but few (if any) lasting effects. However, more severe forms of brain trauma can have permanent effects.
If you or a family member suffered a head or brain injury in a car crash in Arkansas, talk to an attorney right away. It is important to understand what your case may be worth and how filing a car accident injury case could help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For a free consultation on your case, contact Fayetteville car accident concussion lawyer Ken Kieklak today at (479) 316-0438.
Types of Concussions and Head Injuries from Car Crashes
Most cars are designed with safety features specifically designed to protect your head from serious injuries. Front airbags, side curtain airbags, soft vehicle interiors, headrests, and other features all work to prevent your head from making hard contact with surfaces inside the car. Sometimes, despite these safety features, you can still hit your head on the inside of your vehicle, loose objects in your car, or debris that makes its way into your car. If this happens, you could suffer a concussion or other head injuries.
Some of the simplest head injuries include simple bumps and bruises. Suffering a blow to the head can hurt but may not always cause a concussion. Some head injuries include blows that form swollen “eggs” on your head, bruises, or cuts to the scalp. Many of these injuries, especially cuts, may seem worse when they occur on your head as opposed to another body part. However, it is important to screen these types of injuries and ensure you did not also receive a concussion.
Concussions occur as part of many head injuries in car crashes and other accidental injuries. A concussion occurs when your brain suffers direct injury during impact. Since your brain is responsible for every electrical signal, thought, and command within your body, a brain injury can have strange effects throughout the body. Many of the symptoms of concussion include expected issues like confusion, dizziness, blurred vision, and headaches. You can also experience extreme nausea, balance issues, ringing in the ears, and light sensitivity. In more serious instances, you might have difficulty concentrating, trouble responding to questions, personality or mood changes, and even trouble tasting or smelling.
Many of these symptoms are shared with the more severe form of brain trauma, traumatic brain injury (TBI). Concussions are sometimes referred to as mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) since they share many of the same characteristics and symptoms, but concussions are more lesser injuries. With severe TBI, you could face more extreme symptoms including difficulty remembering people or places, significant memory loss, trouble forming new memories, motor control issues, inability to walk, blindness, and other severe effects. In many severe cases of brain injury, you could be so injured that you may require ongoing nursing care and help performing daily tasks for the rest of your life.
It is absolutely vital to get immediate treatment after any head injury to assess the seriousness and begin recovery. Many issues can only be detected by medical imaging, such as a CT scan or MRI, so it is vital to go to the hospital after suffering a head injury in a car crash.
Suing for Head Injuries After a Car Crash
After a car accident, Arkansas gives you the choice of filing through insurance or filing a lawsuit with the courts. In many cases where there is only property damage, filing with insurance may make sense. However, when you face serious injuries, you could be missing damages by using insurance instead of going to court. Talk to an attorney about what your case is worth and for help exploring your options.
When you file your case through car insurance, you might be able to claim damages for medical expenses and lost wages. These damages should be covered in full, but there is no guarantee that the insurance policy will pay for full costs or will cover every payment you need. The damages car insurance can cover for lost wages may also fail to fully cover your needs.
In a lawsuit, you can claim damages for medical expenses and lost wages in full. This can include any medical costs stemming from the accident, even medical transportation, imaging, and devices (e.g. a wheelchair). Lost wages can be covered both while you recover and going forward if you are too injured to go back to work. In addition to these damages, you could seek compensation for your pain and suffering. Arkansas places no caps or limits on pain and suffering damages, so they could be quite high.
Call Our Fayetteville Car Accident Concussion Attorney for a Free Consultation
It is important to always get medical care for any head injuries you face in a car accident and to talk to a lawyer about what your injuries could entitle you to. Filing a lawsuit may entitle you to additional damages that filing through car insurance might not cover. For a free consultation on your case, call Fayetteville concussion and car accident lawyer Ken Kieklak, today. Our number is (479) 316-0438.