As you look at the rearview mirror, you notice that another driver is approaching your motor vehicle. Of course, you do not think much of it, as you naturally expect him to stop. The only problem is, he keeps going. The next thing you know, the other vehicle has struck your car, and your head is throbbing in pain.
Unfortunately, a car crash resulting from another driver’s carelessness can easily cause you to suffer serious injuries to your brain. Fortunately, you have the right to seek compensation for these potentially life-altering injuries in Texas. Here is a look at how brain injuries occur and what your legal rights are as a car accident brain injury victim.
Brain injury types
If you suffer a brain injury in a motor vehicle accident, your injury will either be an open one or a closed one. With an open one, you have a fractured skull. This can easily happen if your head strikes a hard object or surface during a car accident, such as your steering wheel or dashboard.
A closed injury, on the other hand, involves no fracture. However, it may still be very serious because your brain could swell, and a blood clot could form in your skull. Both closed and open brain injuries can unfortunately cause you to lose consciousness or become paralyzed.
Signs of a brain injury
After you strike your head in an accident, it would behoove you to look for the following signs of brain injuries:
- Numbness on your body’s right or left side
- Sluggishness and feeling tired
- Major headache
- Feeling confused
- Struggling to recall recent events
A doctor can investigate these symptoms and determine how severe your brain injury is if you have indeed suffered such an injury. As part of the evaluation process, your doctor can determine how large of an impact your injury may have on your ability to continue working in the future. This information may have a major effect on how much compensation you may receive for your injuries.
Your rights after a brain injury-causing accident
If a fellow driver’s negligence causes you to suffer a brain injury, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against that driver, seeking damages. If you are able to establish liability in court, a judge will decide your claim for damages. In the end, you may receive a monetary award that might help you to cover your ongoing medical expenses and other losses related to your accident.