The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists motor vehicle crashes as the third-leading overall cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and the second-leading cause of TBI-related deaths in the U.S.
It’s not too hard to imagine how the collision of two or more cars can cause the blow or sudden jolt to the head that typically results in TBI. In extreme cases, a shorn car part could cause a penetrating head wound that results in TBI.
If you have suffered serious head or brain injury in a car accident in Richmond or elsewhere in Virginia, you need an experienced law firm to aggressively fight for your right to compensation for your injuries and other losses.
The attorneys at Geoff McDonald & Associates can provide the legal help you need. Call or contact us online today to get started in your case.
TBIs Are a Common Result of Car Crashes
The CDC reports that out of the 2.5 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations or deaths associated with TBI each year in the U.S., about 350,000, occur in motor vehicle accidents (14 percent).
TBI can occur when an occupant’s head hits the windshield or another part of the car’s structure such as a door panel. The sudden jolt from the impact of a collision can also cause a brain injury. Loose cargo sent flying in a violent car accident can also strike an occupant in the head and cause TBI.
Rollover accidents, in which a car tips onto its side or roof during a crash, can cause head injuries resulting in TBI. Often, TBI is caused by the structure of the car being crushed into or onto a car’s driver or passengers.
Wearing a seatbelt is the best way to guard against TBI. Head-protecting side curtain airbags also help to prevent TBI.
Unfortunately, airbag deployment – as well as airbags that malfunction or fail to deploy – can cause or allow head injuries to happen. Even though newer airbag systems are said to be more effective, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has documented 284 deaths caused by air bags from 1990 to 2008. In 2014, hundreds of thousands of potentially defective airbags were recalled throughout the U.S.
Our Careful Approach to Car Accidents Cases Involving TBI
Severe TBI can be a lifelong, disabling injury. The costs of medical treatment, therapy, adaptive devices and nursing and/or personal assistance can be simply overwhelming for victims and their families.
This is why it is crucial to obtain legal assistance from an attorney with experience handling motor vehicle accident cases and, in particular, with a background in litigating cases that involve TBI.
At Geoff McDonald & Associates, we take a careful approach to these cases. We can:
- Thoroughly investigate your crash and determine who should be held liable
- Compile medical records to determine the extent of treatment you have required up to this point
- Consult with highly qualified medical experts and life care planners to determine the projected cost and treatment for you as you move forward in life
- Negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company for a full and fair settlement or, if needed, take your case to court.
Contact Our Richmond Car Accident-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one of yours has suffered traumatic brain injury in a car crash that was someone else’s fault, contact Geoff McDonald & Associates without delay. We’ll fight for your rights and extend to you our No Fee Guarantee®. We won’t collect a legal fee until we collect for you. Simply call or submit our online form to receive a free consultation about your case.
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