According to the Texas statute of limitations, an accident victim has up to two years to seek financial compensation for his or her wrongful injury. But what if the injury doesn't immediately manifest itself? After a serious accident, such as a car accident, it may be difficult estimate the extent of your damages because some injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, are not apparent at the time of the initial trauma.
How to Identify Traumatic Brain Injuries
Depending on the severity of the injury, a victim of traumatic brain injury (TBI) may exhibit physical, intellectual, social, and emotional issues. These include:
- Difficulty balancing or walking
- Dizziness, blurred vision, headaches
- Chronic pain, seizures, fatigue
- Decreased reading comprehension
- Forgetting small tasks or items
- Difficulty focusing/paying attention
- Personality and behavior changes
- Emotional mood swings, depression
Car Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injury
Traffic accidents are the number-one cause of personal injury claims and lawsuits in the United States. If you suffered and injury, you have the right to seek compensation. However, TBI may be difficult to identify after an auto collision, making it difficult or impossible to recover compensation for your suffering and damages.
In order to stand the best chance of a successful claim/lawsuit, talk to a doctor as soon as possible after your injury. Even if you don't think that you sustained a brain injury, it is important to speak with a medical professional. A doctor may diagnose you with a serious TBI before you realize that you sustained a serious injury in your accident.
Find the Right Attorney
If you or someone you love suffered a traumatic brain injury, the Houston car accident lawyers from Stern Law Group can help you fight for the money you need. Over the years, we've helped tens of thousands of accident victims get maximum compensation for their injuries, totaling more than $700 million in successful case outcomes. Learn more about your legal rights by contacting our office today!