Car Accidents and Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can be either traumatic or acquired, and have cognitive, physical, perceptual, and behavioral symptoms. Acquired injuries often occur at the cellular level when the brain is starved of oxygen, with causes such as neurological disease, stroke, aneurysm, and choking. Traumatic injuries are caused by an external force, and according to the Center for Disease Control, falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury TBI). Other causes of TBI include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Assault/physical violence
- Sports injuries
- Direct blows to the head
TBI can cause memory loss, seizures, contusions, permanent brain damage, and hematomas. Concussions are one of the most common types of brain injuries. The effects of concussions can be either temporary or permanent and include headaches, dizziness, vomiting, confusion, and labored speech. Unfortunately, there are few treatment options available aside from resting and monitoring cognitive faculties.
Motor vehicle accidents result in millions of injuries each year in the United States, making it obvious how they are the second leading cause of TBI’s. Many car accidents are caused by driver error including distracted driving, driving under the influence, and reckless driving, meaning it is often likely that a TBI is the fault of someone else. Bodily injury claims are available for drivers who have incurred significant injuries, such as brain injuries, as a result of someone else’s negligence. TBI’s can be extremely costly due to extensive medical bills, rehabilitation, and lost wages. If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury at the fault of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation for expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.