Traumatic brain injuries can cause permanent disabilities. They are often expensive to treat and require ongoing rehabilitation.
TBIs are more common than many people realize. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injuries are leading causes of death and disability in the United States. The CDC estimates that at least 14.4 percent of traumatic brain injuries stem from car accidents.
If you suffered a traumatic brain injury due to another person’s negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation for health-care bills, time off work and other losses. However, there are several steps you must take to protect your personal and financial interests. An accident attorney can guide you through the claims process and help you avoid mistakes.
Until then, here is a brief overview of five types of traumatic brain injuries:
According to the Brain Injury Alliance, a concussion can cause lifelong pain and impairments. A concussion can result from a direct blow to the head, violent shaking of the head, or whiplash.
It is possible to have a serious concussion even if you do not hit your head during the crash. A sudden stop or change in momentum may be enough to stretch the blood vessels in the brain and damage the cranial nerves. Some patients respond well to rehabilitation, but many car accident victims do not treat concussions as the serious health impairments that they are.
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Doctors may diagnose you with a coup-contrecoup if you have injuries on the site of impact and on the opposite side of the brain. The force of an accident can push the brain against the skull, which can shift back and injure the other side of the brain.
A contusion is bleeding on the brain. It is usually the result of a direct blow to the head. Doctors may elect to remove large contusions surgically in order to release pressure on the brain.
Penetrating injuries happen when an object enters the skull. They are more common in violent acts such as shootings and stabbings, but they can also happen in car accidents. Flying debris may strike the head and pierce the skull, causing extensive damage to the brain.
Car accidents often cause diffuse axonal injuries. These happen when you violently shake or rotate your head. The brain lags behind the movement of the skull and causes nerve tissue to tear. A diffuse axonal injury can cause long-term function impairments or death.
If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, contact a Shreveport car accident attorney from Morris Bart. We can handle the legal side of your claim so you can focus on recovery. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation.
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