Car Accidents And Head Injuries
Our attorneys understand the danger of concussions
Some of the most common - and most potentially serious - injuries sustained in auto accidents are head injuries such as concussions. The collision itself may have been over in an instant, but the effects of such an injury can last a lifetime. You may be left feeling lost, confused and overwhelmed, struggling to remember what happened, replaying the accident in your mind, wondering if you could have done something differently - and whether your life will ever be the same.
We understand what you're going through. NLE Law partner Mike Nelson himself sustained a serious head injury in a car accident. We've worked with hundreds of people in situations like yours, and we understand how to help. Contact an experienced car accident concussion lawyer today.
Even a low-speed collision can cause a serious injury
Car crashes can cause concussions in a number of different ways. The most obvious is when a driver or passenger's head strikes a hard surface inside the car, such as a window, door or windshield. Someone who is thrown from a vehicle may sustain an injury after landing on his or her head. Some car accidents even cause penetrating head injuries - that is, a foreign object, such as a piece of shrapnel or debris thrown in the accident, pierces the skull and enters the brain.
But not every brain injury sustained in a car accident is that obvious. Some injuries don't even involve contact. When the head moves violently forward and backward, the brain may strike the skull, causing an injury - just like, and often accompanying, a whiplash injury to the neck. These types of injuries can be sustained in any type of car accident, including low-speed collisions.
What's important to remember is that a concussion is a brain injury, and no brain injury is truly minor. Even a seemingly low-speed, low-impact accident can cause injuries with serious symptoms. For instance, new research is showing that a high percentage of car accidents cause damage to the pituitary gland, which produces and regulates important hormones - and, frighteningly, even a very minor concussion can result in serious pituitary dysfunction.
Our law firm will help you get the compensation you need
Legal cases involving brain injuries sustained in car accidents can be highly complex and difficult to litigate. Often, that's because the injured person does not remember what happened. The insurance company representing another driver may try to pin the blame on a victim who is in no position to respond. Or the insurance company may dispute the extent of your injuries, claiming that you couldn't have been seriously injured because the collision happened at a low speed. Moreover, due to the high long-term cost of a brain injury, you may run into issues with policy limits - it may look as though there just isn't enough coverage to pay for the treatment and services you need.
The experienced car accident attorneys at NLE Law know how to address every one of those concerns. We'll conduct our own investigation and find the evidence that proves another driver was responsible for your injuries. We'll listen to your story and find out how the injury has affected your life - and we'll build a strong legal case to get you all of the compensation you need to move forward despite the injury. Our attorneys are experts at coordinating coverage, taking advantage of structured settlements and negotiating with care providers to make the available insurance stretch as far as possible.
We work this way because we're dedicated to helping people who've sustained life-altering injuries due to the fault of others. If you suspect you may have a concussion after a car accident, contact NLE Law to schedule a free consultation. Call (206) 623-7520.