Traumatic Brain Injury Stemming from a Traumatic Brain InjuryNew Jersey Legal News
Traumatic brain injuries are some of the most severe accidents that take place on our roads due to the fact that they can take a huge physical toll on a human body. Over half of all traumatic brain injuries endured each year actually stem from vehicle accidents. Crashes sometimes take place due to the recklessness of other drivers, and thanks to Uber, the amount of crashes taking place continues to rise every year as these services become more and more popular across New Jersey and beyond.
The Severity of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Every year, 1.4 million people are expected to receive a traumatic brain injury. 20% of these accidents involve a motor vehicle collision, with falling being one of the biggest causes. You expect the utmost care when you use Uber ridesharing services, but you might be shocked and distressed after you have put your trust in the hands of a driver who then proceeded to become involved in a serious accident.
One of the main reasons why many people receive severe traumatic brain injuries is due to the fact that the brain is floating inside our skull and, when a motor vehicle accident occurs, the brain smashes against the side of the skull and becomes bruised, beaten, and otherwise damaged. Here are just a few of the most serious brain injuries that follow accidents every day:
Loss of Consciousness: Somebody can lose consciousness for several minutes to years after an accident, which is known as a coma. If somebody loses consciousness, they are more likely to receive serious or even permanent damage to their brain, depending on the circumstances of the accident. The longer somebody remains unconscious, the more severe the damage will be.
Amnesia: The longer a period of amnesia (which is memory loss following an accident), the worse the damage will be as well. Patients with amnesia are generally confused about how the situation took place and will rely on the support of family and friends.
Concussion: Concussions sometimes occur when there is trauma to the brain and are among some of the most common brain injuries. The symptoms can include dizziness, disorientation, forgetfulness, and more. Though many concussions will heal within months, others could have lasting effects.
Recovering from a Brain Injury Caused by an Uber Accident
The truth is, even in the mildest brain injury cases, it can take quite some time for an individual to fully recover depending on their circumstances. While one party might receive a concussion and recover quickly in just a few weeks, another party might not return to everyday life until many years after an injury. When it comes to the most severe traumatic brain injuries, it could take months or years for you to even return to some of the activities that you loved most in your life. This is why it will be handled in stages by a medical professional who will help you get back on your feet and recover from your brain injury.
Figuring Out Costs and Damages of a Traumatic Brain Injury
You might not have planned on becoming injured in an Uber accident at the hands of a reckless driver but, suddenly, you are thrust into a world of bills that you will have to handle on your own and medical appointments and services that you would have never even known about a year before your accident. Because you might be feeling stressed and confused about what you are able to receive in damages, we would like to take a closer look at some of these aspects.
Overall, statistics estimate that the cost of traumatic brain injuries across the U.S. weighs in above $48 billion. Just rehabilitation services for all of the parties across the U.S. who receive them costs about $9 billion on an annual level. There are many damages you might be eligible for so that you can get back on your feet.
Here are the two types of damages you might receive in an Uber accident case:
Special Damages: Special damages, commonly referred to as “out-of-pocket costs, are those that can be shown. These damages include aspects like lost income, lost earning capacity, medical bills, property damages, and even funeral costs if you have lost a loved one in a serious and unexpected Uber accident.
General Damages: General damages, on the other hand, are non-economic losses that cannot be easily estimated. These damages include aspects like physical pain and suffering, humiliation, mental anguish, loss of reputation, emotional distress, and more.
There are many aspects that can impact your settlement value after an accident. For instance, can you show that the Uber driver was liable for your accident or is it likely that other parties could be at fault? If you believe that the Uber driver was fully liable and are able to show evidence pointing to this, you are more likely to obtain a higher settlement value.
Can You Sue Uber After the Accident?
Many people believe that, since Uber is a growing and large corporation, they can’t be sued for damages after an accident caused by an Uber driver. This is not true. If you have been injured and the accident is deemed to be Uber’s fault because it took place when one of their drivers was on the clock, you could receive insurance payments that will cover damages. Uber has a $1 million policy. At first glance, this might seem like a lot, but what if you receive permanent injuries due to your accident? How will you be able to pay on medical treatment for the rest of your life?
Because it can be difficult to face the aftermath of a rideshare accident alone, you need a personal injury attorney on your side who can support you and be your voice when you need it most. Our New Mexico car accident attorneys at Brady, Brady & Reilly have handled a variety of rideshare cases and want you to know that you have assistance moving forward. Please contact us for more information at (201) 997-0030.