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Suffered a brain injury? Remember, you have rights

You spend your Friday morning creating your own musical performance in your car as you sing to the radio on your way to work. All of sudden, though, a car strikes you, causing your head to hit the steering wheel. With that, your show stops, and the proverbial curtain comes down.

Unfortunately, your car accident was the result of a negligent driver, and it ends up causing you a traumatic brain injury. Fortunately, though, you have the right to seek compensation for these injuries in Texas.

The challenges with traumatic brain injury

A head injury that initially seems relatively mild can quickly become a serious brain injury -- one that can drastically impact your employment as well as your relationships with family members and friends.

For example, your car accident may not have caused you to suffer any fractures. In addition, perhaps you were coherent enough to exchange insurance information with the person who caused the collision. Still, you may later find out that you did indeed receive a brain injury due to an impact to your head.

Signs of a brain injury

Here is a glimpse at some major signs of an injury to your brain following a car wreck:

  • Trouble recalling information
  • Headaches
  • Changes in your personality
  • Problem paying attention and concentrating
  • Trouble planning tasks and activities on a daily basis
  • Having trouble staying asleep
  • Feeling tired
  • Experiencing double vision
  • Feeling unbalanced or dizzy
  • Trouble speaking

From an emotional standpoint, you might also notice yourself becoming angry more quickly or feeling depressed. These emotions happen due to the damage that your nerve cells suffered in your crash.

Your rights if experiencing a brain injury due to an accident

If someone else's carelessness has caused injury to your brain, it is within your rights to file a personal injury claim against him or her, seeking damages. If you can establish liability in court, you may receive a monetary damage award that might help you to cover your accident-related losses, such as your medical bills and even the loss of wages.

Your monetary award will not be able to undo the events that led to your brain injury-causing accident. However, it may make it easier for you to move forward from the ordeal.

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