Brain Injuries and Automobile Accidents

a doctor looks at head x-rays

Brain injuries are a common result of automobile accidents, and they can range from mild concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that can have long-lasting effects on a person’s cognitive and physical abilities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accidents are the third leading cause of TBIs in the United States[1]. Here are some key facts about brain injuries in automobile accidents:

  • Types of brain injuries: The most common types of brain injuries in automobile accidents are concussions, contusions, and TBIs. Concussions are mild brain injuries that can cause temporary loss of consciousness, confusion, and other symptoms. Contusions are bruises on the brain that can cause bleeding and swelling. TBIs are more severe injuries that can cause permanent brain damage, coma, and even death[2].
  • Symptoms of brain injuries: The symptoms of a brain injury can vary depending on the severity of the injury. Mild brain injuries can cause headaches, dizziness, and confusion, while more severe injuries can cause seizures, loss of consciousness, and memory loss. It is important to seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms after an automobile accident, as some brain injuries may not be immediately apparent[3].
  • Prevention of brain injuries: Wearing a seatbelt and using a properly installed car seat or booster seat can help prevent brain injuries in automobile accidents. In addition, avoiding distracted driving and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can also reduce the risk of accidents and brain injuries[4].

In conclusion, brain injuries are a serious risk in automobile accidents and can have long-lasting effects on a person’s life. It is important to seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms after an accident, and to take steps to prevent accidents from happening in the first place.  If you or your loved one has sustained a brain injury due to a motor vehicle accident, then you may be entitled to compensation.  Please call Henderson Law to discuss your case today. 

Sources:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html
  2. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/traumatic-brain-injury
  3. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/symptoms-causes/syc-20378557
  4. https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving