Houston Brain Injury Attorneys
One of the most common car accident injuries – but one many people do not realize – is a concussion. In fact, vehicle accidents are the third most common cause of brain injuries each year in the United States. And even more troubling, almost 15 percent of all fatal brain injuries are sustained in car crashes.
A lawyer understands the impact that all brain injuries can have on a victim and their family, even a concussion. It is not uncommon for these injuries to leave long-term effects that the victim has to deal with. Some studies have concluded that a brain injury may even increase the victim’s risk of being in a future car accident.
Even more alarming is that many doctors who are aware that a concussion or other brain injury increases the risk of a crash, they fail to warn victims not to drive. The results of one physician survey revealed that although 85 percent of doctors felt that concussions increase a victim’s risk of being involved in a vehicle accident, less than half of those physicians said they warn their patients of this risk.
When a driver is suffering from a concussion and gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, many of the skills needed for safe driving can be impaired by the injury. These skills include reaction time and making decisions, leaving the driver – and those on the road around them – vulnerable to a crash.
This leaves the question as to who is the responsible party if a person who is suffering from a concussion gets into a vehicle crash? If the driver was unaware that they were at an increased risk of crashing because of their injury because their treating physician did not warn them, is that doctor liable for the crash? These circumstances would definitely make a case more complex and require the legal expertise of a brain injury attorney to sort through all the evidence and make the determination of the best way to proceed.
Contact a Brain Injury Attorney for Assistance
If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury in a car accident caused by another party, contact an attorney today to find out what legal recourse you may have against the party who caused the crash. Brain injury victims often face high medical bills for diagnostic testing, treatment, and therapy. There are often lost wages because the victim is unable to work while they recover from their injury.
In addition to these financial losses, there are other losses that the victim may suffer that can entitle them to financial compensation. Pain and suffering, mental anguish, and any long-term or permanent disability the injury may leave the victim with are all issues that can be pursued in a personal injury lawsuit with experienced Houston brain injury attorneys at John K. Zaid & Associates.