You may have crossed the street in a crosswalk when the signal prompted you (doing what you were supposed to do according to the law) when a car came out of nowhere and struck you, causing you to fly through the air and hit your head on the ground. Sadly, car accidents involving pedestrians account for over 50% of all head injuries in this nation.
Injuries from Sarasota pedestrian accidents can range from minor scalp and face damage, including lacerations, abrasions, and bruising, to more serious damage to the brain including permanent brain damage.
Common head and brain injuries include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Cerebral laceration
- Brain contusion
- Skull fracture
- Bleeding of the brain
- Open wound to the head
- Traumatic brain injury
Innocent pedestrians can suffer a head injury after losing consciousness or passing out, even for a short period of time; however, loss of consciousness doesn’t always have to occur in order for a brain injury to take place. Sometimes the brain can get bruised or bleeding in the brain can occur when a jarring injury to the brain happens.
Here are some symptoms to be aware of after suffering a hit to the head:
- Clear or bloody fluids dripping from ears or nose
- Fatigue, lethargy, and weakness
- Neck pain
- Balance issues and trouble walking
- Ringing in ears
- Slurred speech
- Trouble concentrating and collecting thoughts
- Memory loss
Many with brain injuries will be able to live somewhat of a normal life; however, others with a more serious brain injury may never be able to care for themselves and will require constant care. In either event, all those with some level of brain injury will need ongoing doctor’s appointments and medical care. If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury following a Sarasota pedestrian accident, you will need financial compensation for your medical bills and lost income.
Contact an experienced Sarasota personal injury lawyer today for a free, no-obligation consultation. The Mallard Law Firm can help you seek justice and pursue a just financial recovery for your injuries and losses. Call us today at 888-409-3805.