There are many problems that can come from being the victim of a drunk driver, but a DUI accident is not just about damage that can be easily seen. There are other issues, such as a brain injury, that can be harder to detect. But these are just as serious–if not more so–than the obvious physical injuries.
March is brain injury awareness month, and it’s an important time to remind everyone that it’s important to get checked out thoroughly after an accident. If you do have a brain injury, an Arizona personal injury lawyer can help you receive fair compensation.
Living with a brain injury can be temporary as the brain can become “bruised” and need time to heal, such as when a person gets a concussion. However, there are more severe, long-lasting problems that can occur when the brain is injured in a serious DUI accident.
If there is permanent injury to the brain, it is possible that the injured party may never recover all of the function he or she had before the injury took place. That can keep the victim from working and can also cause problems in his or her personal life and relationships, including issues as a result from changes in personality.
There are signs and symptoms of brain injury that can appear after a head-on auto collision or a DUI-caused car or bicycle accident. Some of these signs and symptoms may include mild problems such as headache, nausea, and sensitivity to light all the way up through much more serious symptoms such as profound confusion, slurred speech, and convulsions or seizures.
A DUI accident injury lawyer will work with you to provide evidence of your brain injury to court. They will also work with the other party’s insurance company to provide you with a fair settlement. Whether you settle out of court or you go through a complete trial, you’ll want a good attorney by your side.
Being the victim of a DUI accident and sustaining a brain injury is a highly traumatic experience. Many people who have these types of injuries don’t realize what has taken place until they start having significant symptoms. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, brain injuries are misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and under-funded when it comes to diagnosis and treatment options.
That is why brain injury awareness month is so important. More people need to know about the problems brain injury can cause and that they should be checked for this type of injury if they have been involved in a DUI accident. Without obvious symptoms, you may not check for a brain injury, even if you have been in an auto accident.
Some of the symptoms can also begin to manifest themselves over time as well, making it harder for them to get notice at the time the accident occurs. By working with an Arizona personal injury lawyer and your doctors, they will document and address your symptoms, which will provide the information and help you need when you request compensation from the other party in the accident.
The more properly documented your brain injury is, and the more severe and permanent it is determined to be, the more compensation you may be entitled to. You do not have to ignore symptoms or hope they will go away. Instead, seek compensation so you can receive what you need to get proper care for your injuries.
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