A person can experience a brain injury in a variety of ways, some of which may be caused by negligence. Negligence occurs whenever another person’s reckless behavior causes your injury, and these careless actions cause countless injuries across Oklahoma.
Over 600 people are killed every year in Oklahoma car accidents and far more suffer serious injuries. If you’ve been involved in a catastrophic car accident, a personal injury lawyer from Griffin Reynolds & Associates can help you obtain fair compensation to cover the costs of your injuries.
Negligent Causes of Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries include damage caused by a sudden, sharp blow to the skull. This injury is most often caused by automobile accidents, slips and falls while at work, and being hit by a heavy or blunt object traveling at a high velocity. If another person did something to cause your injury, be it acting in a reckless manner or not caring for their property as they should have, you may be able to file a personal injury case.
Determining Negligence in Your Accident
In the case of auto accidents, determining negligence is often straightforward. For example, if the driver was distracted or violated your right of way, then that driver acted in a negligence way. When it comes to falls, determining negligence depends on the property owner or responsible party’s knowledge of the hazard. Determining negligence in sports accidents can be complex due to multiple parties being involved. There can be legal repercussions in Oklahoma if the school fails to protect students and warn parents of the risks of head injury associated with playing sports.
How to Recognize a Brain Injury
You will know you have sustained a traumatic brain injury if you experience several or all of the following symptoms:
- Sense of confusion
- Blurred vision
- Memory problems like sudden amnesia
- Other cognitive disturbances like trouble with attention or overall thinking
However, those are only signs of a mild traumatic brain injury. Signs of a moderate to severe brain injury include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Long-lasting headache
- Falling unconscious
- Pupil dilation
- Increased agitation or restlessness
- Slurred speech
- Weak or numb hands and feet
These symptoms should be taken seriously and you should call 911 or have someone transport you to a hospital to avoid further potential damage.
When to Contact an Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyer
Whether you receive compensation to cover any medical expenses or long-term expenses like physical therapy for your injuries depends on your ability to secure evidence and prove negligences. Evidence may mean witness reports, photos of the injury or wreckage, and medical bills and records. A personal injury lawyer can help you organize your information and defend you right to compensation.
If you have experienced a brain injury following an accident in Oklahoma City, contact the Law Firm of Griffin Reynolds at (405) 721-9500 for a free consultation. No one should have to pay for damages they suffered at the hands of someone else. We specialize in personal injury cases of various kinds from nursing home abuse to injuries sustained from automobile accidents and we can help you! Contact us today!