A Head Injury is an Automatic 911 Call: What You Need To Know

Jan 12

You might be wondering if A Head Injury is an Automatic 911 Call. Head injuries are frequently an unfortunate consequence of accidents that result from others’ negligence. Accident victims should immediately call 9-1-1 and go to the emergency room after suffering a head injury in an accident.

If you suffered a serious head injury due to someone else’s negligence, it is also important that you seek out the legal help that you need right away. The experienced Indiana personal injury attorneys at Blackburn Romey could begin gathering the necessary documents to prove your case. At the same time, you can focus on getting the medical treatment that you need as quickly as possible.

Once you complete your medical treatment, we could submit a settlement demand package to the at-fault party’s insurance company and pursue the full monetary recovery you deserve. We could also pursue litigation in the court system on your behalf if the insurance company refuses to make you a fair monetary offer for your head injury.

For more information about how we could assist you with your legal matter, please consult with our firm for more information.


Head Injuries Require an Immediate 911 Call

If you suffered a serious head injury in an accident that was not your fault, you need to call emergency medical services right away. If you or anyone else experience any of the following symptoms after an accident, you should immediately call an ambulance to the scene:

  • Inability to recognize places or people
  • Nausea
  • Vision changes that appear quickly
  • Difficulty speaking or slurred speech
  • Feelings of tiredness that appear out of the blue
  • Weakness or numbness that occurs in the legs
  • Persistent thoughts of causing harm to someone else
  • Uncontrollable leg or arm shaking, such as with a seizure
  • Difficulty waking up or getting to sleep
  • Abnormal confusion
  • Persistent migraines that continually get worse
  • Difficulty with walking or keeping your balance
  • Loss of consciousness

If you or another person calls 9-1-1, it will dispatch an ambulance and emergency medical personnel to the scene. EMTs and others can immediately provide life support services and transport you to a hospital emergency room. While you are there, the attending physician could take brain scans, ultrasounds, MRIs, and X-rays to fully diagnose your medical condition. If you require additional treatment, the medical provider could send you to a specialist, such as a neurologist, for additional care.

Following your accident, it is important that you follow through with all prescribed medical treatment. This is especially true in head and brain injury cases since these injuries can be very difficult to prove without the assistance of qualified medical personnel. By treating continuously for your injuries and completing your prescribed medical treatment regimen, you increase your chances of obtaining a full recovery from your injuries, both physically and financially.


Accidents that Can Lead to a Serious Head Injury

When other individuals and entities behave in a careless or reckless manner, accidents may occur, which can lead to serious head injuries. Some of the most common occurrences that can lead to a serious head injury include:

  • Car and truck accidents
  • Motorcycle and bicycle accidents
  • Bus accidents
  • Mass transit accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Defective products that explode
  • Boating accidents
  • Escalator and elevator accidents
  • Premises accidents, including slip and falls

If you suffered a head injury in one of these occurrences, it is important that you get the medical help that you need right away. In the meantime, our knowledgeable team of Indiana personal injury lawyers could start gathering medical records, incident reports, police reports, and other documentation to help you satisfy the legal burden of proof in your case. We could then help you pursue the full monetary damages you need for your accident-related head injury.


Proving the Legal Elements of Your Personal Injury Claim or Lawsuit

To recover monetary compensation in a personal injury case that involves a head or brain injury, you must be able to satisfy several legal elements. First, you must be able to establish that the at-fault party owed you a specific legal duty of care, which they violated. Next, you must be able to demonstrate that as a direct result of the other party’s negligence, both your accident and your head injury occurred.

To satisfy your legal burden of proof, we may be able to retain one or more experts who could testify as witnesses in your case. For example, a qualified accident reconstructionist may be able to visit the scene of the occurrence, review photographs of the scene, speak with witnesses, and formulate an opinion about the cause of your accident.

We might also be able to retain a treating medical provider to act as a medical expert in your case. A treating healthcare provider could establish, based upon a reasonable degree of medical certainty, that your head injury is directly related to the accident. They may also be able to demonstrate that your head injury is permanent in nature.


Recovering the Monetary Compensation You Deserve for Your Head Injury

To obtain monetary compensation for your head injury, you will need to establish your legal burden of proof. Upon satisfying that burden, you may be eligible for various monetary damages, depending upon your accident circumstances, the specific head injury that you suffered, and the full extent of your head injury. Common types of monetary damages that head injury victims could recover include compensation for:

  • Related past medical expenses
  • Anticipated medical costs
  • Lifetime care costs
  • Permanent cognitive impairments or disabilities
  • Loss of the ability to use a body part
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Mental and emotional distress
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity


Talk to an Experienced Indiana Personal Injury Lawyer Right Away

At Blackburn Romey, our legal team could promptly file a personal injury claim or lawsuit on your behalf and help you pursue the monetary recovery you deserve for your traumatic head or brain injury.

For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with an Indiana personal injury lawyer, please call us at 219-769-7415 or contact us online today.

Tom Blackburn

Blackburn Romey founding partner Tom Blackburn graduated with honors receiving a degree from Indiana University at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Initiating his legal career in 1977, he has been active in practicing law and currently serves as a member of the Indiana State Bar Association on the Ethics and Advertising Committees, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, as a board member at the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, and as an appointed member of the Executive Committee for the State of Indiana for the National Trial Lawyers Association.

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by Founding Partner, Tom Blackburn, who has more than 47 years of legal experience, including over 39 years specializing as a personal injury attorney.