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Traumatic Brain Injuries And Car Accidents

A traumatic brain injury occurs after a blow or jolt to the brain that interrupts the normal functioning of the brain. A concussion is a common example of a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries are a major cause of death and disability in the United States. In studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents have been shown to be the third leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, after falls and blunt force trauma. There are varying degrees of traumatic brain injuries, which can range from mild to severe.

If a person is in a car accident where his or her head is hit against the steering wheel, windshield, or other object with enough force, he or she may suffer a traumatic brain injury. The injury to the head does not have to be an open wound or fractured skull for it to cause a traumatic brain injury. After the initial blow, the brain may hit against the skull back and forth, causing swelling and bleeding. The person may begin to feel dizzy, confused, and may even lose consciousness. Other symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include vomiting, vision problems, seizures, headaches, memory loss, and fatigue. Even if a person seems fine, the swelling of the brain can continue and the person’s condition can quickly get worse. The effects of an injury like this can sometimes last for weeks or even months. Without proper medical diagnosis, an injured person can go untreated.

Treating a Brain Injury

Treatment for traumatic brain injuries can vary depending on the seriousness of the injury. For some, all that is required is medication for any pain and observation in a hospital setting in case the patient’s condition deteriorates. For others, surgery may be required to reduce the swelling of the brain. Some people have to undergo rehabilitation or be prescribed long-term medication to decrease the chances of seizures.

A person’s medical history as well as testimony from friends and family members as to the changes observed in a person’s personality, reasoning, or ability to do everyday activities can be very important in seeking compensation for a traumatic brain injury following a car accident. Depending on the severity of the injuries, a person seeking compensation may be able to recover for future medical costs to cover ongoing treatment. In some cases, if the injuries cause some permanent cognitive impairment, the injured person may be able to receive compensation for any lost wages and associated decrease in earning capacity depending on their profession.

Although not everyone who is involved in a car accident suffers a traumatic brain injury, it is important to always seek immediate medical attention, even for whiplash and mild concussions. Early detection of a traumatic brain injury can make a big difference in terms of treatment and recovery.

Contact Us For Assistance

If you have suffered serious injuries as a result of another driver’s negligence, contact the experienced Columbus, Ohio auto accident attorney Ed Schottenstein of Schottenstein Law Offices for a consultation today at (614) 467-8474.