Behavioral changes

Depression and emotional outbursts are common after brain injuries, while some people will also experience difficulty understanding and interpreting social cues. Pedestrians with serious brain injuries may have problems with impulse control or behave in ways that violate social norms.

Cognitive impacts

Loss of concentration, difficulty forming or retaining memories, and inhibited problem-solving can all occur after a brain injury. In some cases, victims also suffer from language and communication problems.

Physical difficulties

There may be an immediate physical reaction from a TBI, like loss of consciousness, but the potential also exists for recurring, long-term physical issues like nausea, headaches, vision or hearing impairment, and seizures. 

Recovering After a Pedestrian Accident Traumatic Brain Injury

Pedestrians often have extremely high medical bills to deal with after a TBI, but those expenses aren’t just from hospital stays and surgeries. There may additionally be costs associated with long-term therapy to deal with the cognitive issues listed above. 

Nearly any type of traumatic brain injury can have a major impact on all aspects of your daily life, from the inability to work to problems with romantic and family relationships. That’s why anyone hurt in a pedestrian accident has a legal right to recover damages for:

  • Pain and suffering, reduced quality of life, and other non-economic damages that don’t have a specific dollar amount
  • Lost earning potential
  • Wages specifically lost while recovering from the accident
  • Long-term medical costs like therapy, in-home care, or future surgeries
  • Medical bills stemming from the accident

Your ability to recover these types of damages depends on what you do after the accident. While you should photograph the scene and gather contact information from witnesses when possible, many accidents with a traumatic brain injury may require immediate hospitalization. Even if you are able to remain at the scene, always visit a doctor after any pedestrian injury, as traumatic brain injuries with closed head wounds aren’t directly visible and symptoms may not appear for days.

The most important step after seeking proper medical attention is to get in touch with an attorney specializing in traumatic brain injury cases. An attorney can investigate the accident, determine who was at fault, and find the best path forward to recovering damages. An experienced attorney will further help you steer clear of mistakes that could prevent you from receiving compensation or give an insurance provider an excuse to pay you less than you deserve. 

Kevin W. Mottley
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Richmond, VA trial lawyer dedicated to handling brain injuries, car accidents and other serious injury claims