A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most serious injuries that you can sustain in a car accident. They can occur when you hit your head against another object or even in cases where your head snaps back and forth hard enough to cause your brain to move around in your skull. Some common car wreck scenarios that often result in TBIs include when vehicle occupants hit their heads on the dashboard, on the windshield, or against the side windows.
TBIs can range from mild to severe, but make no mistake: all TBIs are serious injuries that require immediate medical attention. They often leave victims with significant medical issues that can last for weeks or even months. In particularly severe cases, victims may develop long-term cognitive problems that render them unable to live on their own or hold a job. It should come as no surprise, then, that many TBI victims want to know whether they can recover compensation for their losses, which are often significant.
Was Your Accident Caused by Negligence?
Whether you will be able to recover compensation for your injuries depends on whether your accident was your fault or someone else’s. If the accident was your fault, the likely outcome is that your health insurance will cover your medical expenses, but your other accident-related losses (such as lost income or pain and suffering) will go uncompensated.
If the accident was someone else’s fault, meaning that it was caused by someone legal negligence, you will likely be legally entitled to compensation under Maryland law. Negligence occurs when a person fails to use the degree of care that would ordinarily be used by a person in the same or similar circumstances. Basically, anything that you think of as being a traffic violation would likely be deemed negligent by a court—as would some things that would likely NOT be considered traffic violations (driving at the speed limit during a snowstorm, for example). Here are some of the more common causes of car accidents that typically entitle TBI victims to compensation:
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Following too closely
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Failing to properly maintain a vehicle
- Driving without headlights on at night or when otherwise required
- Distracted driving
Not all instances of negligence are obvious, so victims should always have their cases reviewed by an attorney familiar with car accident litigation. Failing to do so could result in missing out on significant compensation. Additionally, you should contact an attorney as soon as you can, as waiting to start investigating a case can result in the loss or destruction of evidence critical to your case.
Call Alpert Schreyer, LLC, Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Maryland Car Accident Lawyer
A car accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury is a serious, potentially life-changing event. Fortunately for victims, when car wrecks are someone else’s fault, victims can recover compensation from the person who caused the accident. To schedule a free case evaluation with a car accident lawyer in Maryland, call our office today at (844) 632-7274 or send us an email through our online contact form.