Vehicle crashes are an all too common occurrence in Oklahoma and this is why it is recommended that drivers pay attention and observe all traffic signs and warnings while driving.

While car accidents are common on Oklahoma roads, several of its resultant effects may remain uncommon to many. One of such effects is traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be life-altering, putting the accident victim at risk of long-term or even permanent brain dysfunction. Many accident victims who have suffered Traumatic brain injuries are subjected to ongoing medical attention, rehabilitation, and in some cases have to bear the cost of assisted living due to the catastrophic nature of the injury.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that approximately 2 million Americans are diagnosed with TBI annually and about 14.3 percent of these diagnoses result from road accidents. While the staggering number of people, placed at no less than 286,000 annually, suffer from road accident-related TBI, what is most devastating is that the symptoms of the injury may not readily be manifested by the victims.

In some cases, TBI symptoms may not surface until days, weeks, or even months after the auto accident. Additionally, the extent of the damage caused to the brain is also unique to each victim. However, some general markers and symptoms have been associated with this condition.

Identifying TBI Symptoms

People who have suffered an impact to the head during a car accident are advised to seek immediate medical attention. While a collision may be minor, it is not a guarantee that the effects may not be life-changing. Following an accident, it is recommended that victims and their loved ones should be on the lookout for common markers and symptoms of TBI which include:

  • Headaches, vomiting, and/or nausea
  • Confusion and/or disoriented feeling
  • Balance problems and/or dizziness
  • Sensitivity to noise and/or light
  • Drowsiness and/or fatigue caused by changes in sleep pattern

Added to these common symptoms, other victims of TBI have been reported to suffer mood changes, depression, and irritability. If any of these signs and/or symptoms are noticed, such a victim should see a doctor for further tests which can help to establish the condition or other underlying factors.

It is important to note that a TBI diagnosis is an important factor when filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party.

Filing a personal injury lawsuit

The Oklahoma statute of limitations for a personal injury case allows you two years between the time of the accident and the time of filing the lawsuit. It is recommended that you reach out to a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney once such a condition as TBI has been diagnosed and established.

Following the personal injury claim filing, you may be able to seek compensation for damages such as:

  • Initial and ongoing medical bills incurred as a result of the accident
  • Ambulance bills
  • Costs of physical and/or occupational therapy exercises
  • Wage loss
  • Cost of medications and other prescription drugs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Cost of retraining, especially for people who are unable to return to their previous jobs due to the accident.

Contact – Cannon & Associates: Oklahoma Fierce Advocates for Personal Injury

Traumatic brain injuries can permanently affect your life and the ability to earn. When you or a loved one has suffered such a catastrophic injury from an accident caused by another person, you deserve the best legal representation delivered by the fierce attorney at Cannon & Associates.

Cannon & Associates is dedicated to Fierce Advocacy for accident victims and will fight to protect your interests and uphold your rights. Founder John Cannon has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top 40 under 40. Contact Cannon & Associates by completing the CONTACT FORM ON THIS PAGE NOW or CALL at 1(405) 657-2323 for a free confidential case evaluation.