Car Accident Brain Injuries
For people involved in car crashes and collisions, the injuries sustained in these accidents can often be serious. One of the most dangerous and potentially life threatening types of car accident injuries that victims suffer are brain injuries. Any bump, blow, or sudden jolt to the head can result in a brain injury, and even a mild head injury can have lasting repercussions.
Types of Brain Injuries
According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), there are several different types of brain injuries that can occur as a result of a car crash or collision. These include the following:
- Concussion: A concussion can occur whenever the head is suddenly and violently shaken, such as when you are hit from behind in an accident. The most common form of brain injury, they are often accompanied by headaches, confusion, or dizziness.
- Contusion: Contusions may occur as the result of a blow to the head, such as hitting the dashboard or windshield. Contusions often result in swelling and bruising, and in severe cases may cause bleeding in the brain.
- Open Head Injuries: These injuries occur as the result of blunt force trauma to the head, and may be caused by hitting the windshield or the rear view mirror. They generally include skull fractures, and may cause bruising, bleeding in the brain, and nerve damage.
- Closed Head Injuries: These also occur the result of blunt force trauma. While the skull is not fractured in a closed head injury, the brain itself can swell, causing severe and potentially permanent damage.
Any type of head or brain injury has the potential to cause serious damage and permanent disability. In some case, these injuries can be life threatening. Any time you are involved in a car accident or receive a blow or bump to the head, get medical attention immediately.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
In addition to the above, any bump or blow to the head can result in traumatic brain injuries (TBI). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBI is a disruption of the brain’s normal functions and processes, and is one of the most common forms of accidental injury in the United States. common form of injury in the United States. The CDC states that car accidents are the third leading cause of TBI, and the second leading cause of TBI-related deaths. Depending on the severity of the injury, the effects of TBI may include the following:
- Difficulty in comprehension and with forming thoughts;
- Problems with memory;
- Difficulty in walking or maintaining balance;
- Emotions outburst and fits of rage; and/or
- Problems with vision, speech and hearing.
Contact Our Experienced Florida Car Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a head or brain injury as the result of a car accident, contact our experienced Florida car accident lawyers today. At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III, we understand the serious impacts these injuries can have, and we can advise you on how to hold responsible parties accountable to get the compensation you need to recover. Serving all of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie, Vero Beach, Saint Lucie, and Indian River Counties, we can help; call or contact our office online today for a free consultation today.