Concussions & Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Car Accidents
An Arizona injury attorney with a no B.S. approach
One of the most serious types of injuries people can suffer in suffer in car accidents is a head injury. This raises concern about damage to the brain, which can have serious and potentially life-changing consequences. If a negligent driver caused an accident that left you with a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI), you need experienced legal representation.
Arizona car accident attorney Byron Browne of Browne Law Group fights for the injured in Gilbert and throughout Maricopa County. He knows that medical expenses for treating TBI can quickly lead to financial stress. When insurance companies fight your claim, he fights back by building strong cases they have to take seriously.
What to know about traumatic brain injuries and car accidents
- A victim’s head may hit the steering wheel, windshield, dashboard, or another part of the car.
- The force of impact can cause the head to whip violently backward and forward. This causes the brain to crash into the inside of the skull, resulting in bruising (contusion) or bleeding (hemorrhage).
- An object can penetrate the head, causing damage to the brain.
Concussions, also called mild TBI, are common in car crashes. A concussion can result in pain, headaches, blurry vision, ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. A person suffering from a concussion may experience dizziness and seem disoriented.
Moderate and more severe forms of TBI can cause many of the same symptoms. But there can also be a loss of consciousness lasting anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. A headache may not go away. People with moderate TBI may seem confused, appear agitated, or have slurred speech. There may also be weakness or numbness in the extremities, convulsions or seizures, and problems with memory or concentration.
The cost of a traumatic brain injury can be high
Getting medical attention as soon as possible after an accident is very important. A doctor will examine you and order tests, such as CT scans or MRIs. A doctor may also use tests such as the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS). This is a 15-point test that can help medical professionals assess the severity of a brain injury.
If you have mild TBI, treatment may involve pain medication and rest. If a TBI is moderate or severe, you may need prescription medication. In certain cases, surgery may be needed to prevent additional damage to brain tissue. Be sure to always follow the doctor’s treatment plan.
But we know that cost is often a concern. Medical expenses can add up quickly after suffering a TBI. And you may not be able to work because of your injury. How will you pay your medical bills?
If needed, our firm can help you arrange a medical lien. This means the medical provider agrees to be paid later, when you receive a settlement or award in your car accident case. If a negligent driver caused the accident that left you injured, you shouldn’t have to pay. Byron Browne will fight to hold that driver accountable.
Get a car accident attorney who has your back
Recovering financial compensation after a car accident can be complicated. The other driver may have been speeding, aggressively changing lanes, or texting behind the wheel. But negligent drivers often deny doing anything wrong when there’s a crash. They may even try to blame you for the accident.
Insurance companies aren’t on your side, either. Their goal is to find a way to pay you as little as possible so they can save money. There are different tactics that they’ll use. They may question the seriousness of your TBI. Or they may offer you a settlement that falls far short of covering your medical expenses and other damages.
Attorney Byron Browne knows all of these tactics and doesn’t put up with them. He builds strong cases built on facts. Our legal team will investigate your crash to find out what really happened. We gather evidence, review accident reports and medical records, and interview witnesses.
Byron Browne does not take any B.S. from the insurance companies. He takes a tough stance in negotiations until they agree to a settlement that meets your needs. You’ll get regular updates on the progress of your case. And if you have questions, you can call him directly. Our clients get his cell phone number.