Brain injuries are among the most serious consequences of a vehicle accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injuries are responsible for 50,000 deaths per year. These injuries can forever transform a victim’s life in an instant, forcing him to rely on the care of another individual or treatment facility.
Types of Brain Injuries
There are many different types of traumatic brain injuries, and some of the most common ones include:
- Concussion. Concussions are caused by the brain coming into contact with the skull, typically due to a sudden jolt.
- Penetrating injury. In a penetrating injury, the brain is damaged by flying debris penetrating the skull and stretching or tearing brain tissue.
- Contusion. A contusion is a bruise or bleeding on the brain. In a vehicle accident, these can occur on one or both sides of the head.
- Diffuse axonal injury. This is a violent rotation or shaking of the head, which causes tearing of nerve tissues in the brain.
Symptoms of Brain Injury
Brain injuries can vary dramatically in severity, from a minor concussion that resolves on its own to damage resulting in a permanent disability, coma, or death. If you believe you’ve sustained a brain injury, you should seek immediate treatment. Avoid drinking alcohol, consuming caffeine, or engaging in strenuous physical activity until you’ve been checked out by a physician. Many brain injuries exhibit the same symptoms, including:
- Blurred vision
- Slurred speech
You Need an Attorney
Traumatic brain injuries can lead to numerous cognitive problems, impacting problem-solving skills, reasoning abilities, concentration, and memory. This may make a return to work extremely difficult, if not impossible. Brain injury victims may also have difficulty caring for themselves after the accident, requiring family members to care for them or place them in an assisted-living facility. If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury in a vehicle accident, you need professional representation. To learn more, contact the Cain Law Firm to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.