Common Causes of Brain Injury
Car crashes, no matter how minor or major, can cause physical injury and even worse, can damage your brain and affect neurological and cognitive functioning. Given the unique nature of the brain, there are many are several ways brain injuries can occur following a car accident or any other trauma. A brain injury can be centralized to one area of the brain or can be affected in multiple areas or cortexes.
Most Common Causes of Brain Trauma
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common cause of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a fall accounting for 47% of all traumatic brain injury as of 2013. The second and third most common causes of Traumatic Brain Injury are being struck in the head with an object and car accidents, respectively. These injuries often occur because of someone else's recklessness or even negligence, and the victims can suffer life long complications.
Definition of Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI
A traumatic brain injury is a neurological injury that affect one's normal brain or cognitive functioning caused by a blunt force trauma or jolt to one's head. The severity of a traumatic brain injury ranges from mild to severe. A severe traumatic brain injury may lead to unconsciousness or even memory loss; a mild traumatic brain injury is more commonly referred to a concussion. If you are an avid cyclist or motorcycle lover, chances are you've know or at least heard of someone who has suffered from a traumatic brain injury TBI.
Concussions Can Happen from Whiplash from a Car Accident
Concussion is the most common type of traumatic of traumatic brain injury TBI. An impact from a trauma or violent movements are common ways to suffer from a concussion. A quick hit to the head that can induce loss of consciousness, give you a hard time thinking, headaches, dizziness, and the inability to recall. This is because the brain is shook in your skull and can sometimes even become bruised or cut.
Physiologically, a concussion is where the blood vessels in your brain stretch causing damage to your cranial nerves. Even a mild concussion can have long lasting effects and have substantial impact of your life or enjoyment of daily activities. You are entitled to recover for these losses if you have to resort to litigation as part of your general or non-economic damages. Because car accidents are one of the most common causes of brain injury, if you suffered from whiplash in even a minor car accident, you should consult with a neurologist when certain symptoms or present to rule out TBI. In cases of trauma or brain injury, you can benefit from rehab and minimize long term effects, but unfortunately many car accident victims and the like never seek the proper treatment, perhaps because they think they might not be that injured.
Common Symptoms of Concussion or TBI
Some common symptoms of concussion are as follows:
- Loss of consciousness
- Dizziness or blackout
- Confusion or disorientation
- Memory loss or temporary amnesia
- Nausea Vomiting
- Ultra sensitivity to light
- Irritability, mild depression, trouble sleeping
Diagnostic testing can sometimes reveal skull, internal bleeding in your brain, or swelling but not always; doctors frequently have to rule concussions by interviewing the patient and reviewing potential physical and behavioral symptoms over time.
Concussion effect can either cause temporary or permanent damage. The seriousness of a concussion can vary, but where a serious concussion causes blood clotting to occur, it can be fatal. Therefore, it is imperative that you take car accident or other injuries seriously and seek the proper help. We understand that many people do not have great health insurance or access to the best doctors, but our firm has a network of the best doctors to greatly increase your access to better medical treatment.
Closed Head Injuries
When you bump your head hard enough, your head can become bruised and swollen. This is referred to by medical professionals as a contusion. Nerve damage and swelling of the brain can follow.
Penetrating Head Injury
The most deadly of all head injuries is a penetrating brain injury or open head injury. This occurs when an object is lodged into your head, and in many cases causes death or irreversible coma. Common causes or an open head injury is a stab or gunshot wound, however this can also easily occur in a car accident when the victim is not wearing a seatbelt.
Brain injury sometimes doesn't happen immediately and the first signs may come days after a car accident or other trauma. It is therefore recommended that you consult with a physician immediately.
Benefits of a Connecticut Brain Injury Lawyer
Whether you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, you should have no reservations about seeking justice when inaction could mean a lower quality of life for years to come. You may have obligations to pay for medications, rehabilitation, and lost wages. By filing a claim against irresponsible and careless drivers, an attorney can help make you whole again and ease the physical and financial burdens that come from a brain injury.
In many cases, victims will not be able to pay for the high costs of medical treatment for their injuries. Insurance companies can sometimes be treacherous out of greed and may deny your claim or give you a lowball offer when unassisted by counsel. The best way to ensure this doesn't happen to you is to consult a specialist at the Law Offices of Bradley L. Sorrentino. They will be aggressive in pursuing your claim, and are determined to put your mind at ease while you recover.
Consult a Skilled New Haven Connecticut Car Accident Lawyer Today
The Law Offices of Bradley L. Sorrentino are dedicated to will fight for you and get your financial stability back. If or someone you know has suffered a brain injury or other neurological damage following a car accident you need to consult a professional immediately.
You generally only have two (2) years to file a personal lawsuit against a negligent party in Connecticut. You need let a lawyer take immediate action or risk giving up your right to seek compensation for something that wasn't your fault. You may seek the help of a professional at the Law Offices of Bradley L. Sorrentino.
Contact a traumatic brain injury lawyer today at (203) 518-8010 or provide you contact information on our website and a skilled brain injury lawyer will reach out to you. A free initial consultation is always available.