Head and brain injuries are typically one of the most common injuries suffered in car accidents. Even what feels like a minor hit to the head can affect you for weeks, and more severe injuries can cause permanent disability. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be life-altering and extremely complicated to treat.
The facts about car accident-related TBIs
According to Brainline, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of TBI-related deaths in Americans aged five to 24. They’re also the leading cause of TBI-related hospitalizations in Americans aged 15 to 44.
There are a wide variety of ways in which auto accidents can lead to brain injuries. For example, some auto accident-related brain injuries result from a person bumping their head on the steering wheel, the windshield, the window, the door and the like. In addition, a person can sustain car accident brain injuries due to abrupt deceleration and related factors in car crashes.
What are the symptoms of brain injuries?
There are a wide variety of symptoms of brain injuries that may result from auto accidents. Some of these include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Partial, total, temporary, and/or permanent memory loss
- Partial, total, temporary, and/or permanent vision impairment
- Loss of balance
- Disruption of a person’s sleep pattern
- Extreme sadness
- Difficulty with concentrating on a task or tasks
- Changes in a person’s moods
If you or a loved one experience these symptoms after a car or truck accident, seek medical help as soon as possible.
Different types of brain injuries
In general, there are a wide variety of types of brain injuries that can result from auto accidents. These various types of auto accident-related brain injuries include traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Traumatic brain injuries in particular include concussions, diffuse axonal injuries (DAIs), and hematomas.
- Concussions are on the lower end of brain injuries but can still be serious. They sometimes lead to momentary loss of consciousness, and concussion victims generally do not suffer any long-lasting damage, unless they suffer several, causing cumulative damage.
- Diffuse axonal injuries occur when nerve cells and the axons, which bridge nerves, in a person’s brain are torn and stretched out on the cellular level. In addition, diffuse axonal injuries involve a person’s brain shifting back and forth abnormally fast.
- Hematomas are blood clots, which occur when blood vessels are broken apart.
Although you can do everything to protect yourself while driving or while being a passenger in a car, you can’t anticipate the reckless behavior of other drivers.
If you suffered a brain or head injury in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, the Alabama TBI lawyers at Mezrano Law Firm can help. We’ll protect your rights to compensation for your injuries. We have offices located in Birmingham, Florence, Gadsden, Mobile, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa to better serve our clients. Call our office at 205-206-6300 or complete our contact form to schedule a consultation today.