Teens, Car Accidents, and Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Teens, Car Accidents, and Traumatic Brain InjuriesAs children grow up, parents have many situations to worry about. But, if you have a trustworthy teen who knows to make good choices, the anxiety levels may ease slightly. Unfortunately, life is not always as simple as a smart choice. Fate has a way of presenting circumstances which cannot always be avoided and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur frequently in car accidents involving youth. In fact, young adults aged between 15 and 24 have the highest proportion of TBI-related hospitalizations due to motor vehicle traffic-related events.

If your son or daughter has been involved in a car accident and suffered a serious brain injury, you should consider your legal options. If the negligence on the part of someone else contributed to the accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. With the exorbitant costs of urgent medical care and long-term rehabilitation and physical therapy costs, a financial settlement can help ease the burden on families coping with their new normal. A personal injury lawyer with relevant catastrophic injury litigation experience is the sensible place to start.

Closed Head Injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to damage to the brain caused by an external physical force like a bump, blow or jolt to the head or, a penetrating head injury (i.e. a gunshot wound to the head) that disrupts the normal function of the brain.

A TBI is not caused by something internal, such as a stroke or tumor. Interestingly, it is possible to have a TBI and never lose consciousness. The severe jolting of a head in a car accident causes the brain to unnaturally move around in the skull cavity damaging tissue, nerves and blood vessels. This constitutes a “closed head injury.”

An Altered Lifestyle

The potential harm a victim may endure resulting from a TBI includes amnesia, compromised cognitive, motor, sensation, and emotional skills, or coma.

All this can have an effect on relationships with family and friends, educational studies, future employment prospects, daily household activities, the ability to drive again, and a teen’s overall quality of life.

A TBI is often a permanent injury that may require long-term rehabilitative care. The financial costs of sustaining a victim, especially a young teen, through the course of their life can be burdensome. Retaining the services of a Salt Lake City UT personal injury lawyer will allow you the time to focus on your child while we investigate the circumstances of the crash, gather evidence, and analyze insurance benefits.

If your child has been identified as having a TBI, there may be legal recourse available. The compassionate team at Rasmussen & Miner is made up of experienced personal injury lawyers who will meet with you for free to discuss your circumstances. Our firm has litigated many catastrophic injury and fatal car accident claims over the years and we have a deep understanding of the law and the day to day practical considerations that clients have to face. We will be the advocates you need to fight to win compensation for your child. Call to meet with a personal injury lawyer Salt Lake City UT families recommend today.