As you make your way to town, you see a car come toward you. You expect the car to stop at some point, but it does not. Instead, a distracted driver plows right into your vehicle. The next thing you know, you are regaining consciousness, and your head is throbbing like never before.
Unfortunately, suffering a traumatic brain injury in a distracted driving accident is not uncommon here in Kentucky, and it can have long-term implications depending on the severity of your injury. However, if you learn that you did, in fact, suffer a brain injury and that the injury was the result of another motorist's carelessness, it is within your rights to seek compensation for these injuries.
Brain injury types
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, it was either closed or open. An open brain injury is one where your skull fractured. This form of injury can easily happen if your head directly strikes an object or surface that is hard.
A closed injury, on the other hand, is one where no skull fracture is involved. However, this form of injury can actually be more dangerous than an open injury because your brain can swell or form serious blood clots. Whether an injury is closed or open, though, a person can lose consciousness or even experience paralysis.
Brain injury indicators
Directly after your accident, you may not know for sure whether you suffered injury to your brain. This is especially true if there isn't any visual indication of a serious injury. Here is a glimpse at a few signs to watch out for following the accident:
- Numbness or weakness on a side of your body
- Dizziness and nausea
- Severe headache
- Unusual sluggishness and tiredness
- Trouble recalling recent events
If you experience any of these problems, you should consult a medical provider as quickly as possible. The truth is, you could be suffering from an injury to the brain while still feeling okay.
Your rights after a brain injury crash
If a distracted driver's carelessness caused you to suffer an injury to the brain, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against him or her. You must establish liability in court before a judge will decide claims for monetary damages. If you succeed in your case, you may receive an award that might help you to pay for your ongoing medical expenses and other losses related to the car crash.