What Are My Legal Options if I Have a Brain Injury From a Car Accident?

June 2, 2022
West Chester Car Accident Lawyers at Eckell Sparks Provide Legal Help to Clients Who Have Accident-Related Brain Injuries.

There are many injuries you could suffer from a car accident, most of which could lead to a lengthy recovery time. Brain injuries are some of the most common and serious injuries you could suffer from because of the sheer impact of a crash.

If you have recently been in an accident, there is a good chance you might have suffered a brain injury without you even knowing. You must get medical care immediately following an accident, even if you do not feel injured. Many injuries, especially brain injuries, do not manifest themselves until hours or days after an accident. It is essential to seek help right away, not just for your health, but if you decide to file a personal injury claim.       

Pennsylvania is a no-fault insurance state, meaning when you get into an accident, you generally would go to your own insurance company for coverage. You can file a claim and sue the at-fault party should a serious injury occur. Brain injuries, concussions, or cognitive impairment are catastrophic, with costly medical bills and lengthy recovery times. Should you suffer a brain injury, keep all your medical records detailing the accident and your injury, and contact a lawyer right away.

What Are Symptoms of a Brain Injury?

Like any accident-related injury, symptoms differ from person to person and may change as recovery continues. Should you feel any of these mild symptoms, seek medical help immediately:

  • Headaches
  • Light sensitivity
  • Lethargy
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Inability to focus or concentrate
  • Short or long-term memory issues
  • Anxiousness or nervousness
  • Mood swings
  • Sleeping problems, including sleeping too much or too little

Severe brain injuries have similar symptoms, but there are some additional signs:

  • Seizures
  • Persistent headaches
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Numbness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Coma

What Are Different Types of Accident-Related Brain Injuries?

These are some types of brain injuries you could suffer in an accident:

  • Concussion: The most common form of brain injury, concussions can range from minor to severe. The brain is rattled inside the skull, either by a direct blow or from a rattle-like whiplash, stretching the brain’s blood vessels.
  • Brain contusion: This can occur when the brain is impacted and bleeding starts.
  • Penetration: Penetration can occur when a piece of debris enters the skull, rupturing brain tissue.
  • Coup-contrecoup: This occurs when the skull is hit so forcefully that the brain inside hits the other side of the skull.

West Chester Car Accident Lawyers at Eckell Sparks Provide Legal Help to Clients Who Have Accident-Related Brain Injuries

Any injury can happen in a car accident, but brain injuries are among the most severe. If you have a brain injury because of a car accident, speak with one of our West Chester car accident lawyers at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. Call us at 610-565-3701 or fill out our online form for an initial consultation. Located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, we serve the communities of Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County.