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Being involved in an auto accident can result in many injuries. You could have injuries to your neck, upper back, mid back, low back and extremities. But not many people know that head injuries are also very common. Any time you strike your head during the accident or are violently whipped around inside the car, you could wind up with a concussion or even worse. Knowing the types of head injuries and the warning signs is very important.
What are the common types of head injuries in auto accident cases?
There are many types of head injuries that can result from an auto accident. The most common are listed below:
- Concussion- Also known as TBI’s or Traumatic Brain Injuries, these head injuries are usually very mild and do not result in prolonged treatment, but some can be more threatening and require immediate medical attention. If you find yourself having a headache, nausea, tiredness or confusion, you may have sustained a traumatic brain injury in the accident. A scan of the brain will reveal whether or not you suffered a serious injury.
- Diffuse Axonal Injury– These sorts of injuries are caused not necessarily from your head striking anything inside the vehicle, but rather from the brain being “bounced” around inside the skull. When extreme forces cause the brain to move too violently, it can cause connection issues between your brain and other parts of your body. If the fibers connecting the brain to the body become ruptured, you could find yourself in a much more serious condition or in a coma.
- Contusion– this refers to a bruise of the brain. If you hit your head on something inside the vehicle, it could result in swelling of the brain along with the contusion. If there is swelling involved, surgery may be required to ease the swelling and the pressure it is putting on the skull.
- Coup-Contrecoup– this is known as an injury to both sides of the brain, both the side that sustained the impact and the side that did not sustain the impact. This is caused by extreme movement of the brain inside the skull upon impact.
- Open Head Injury– open head injuries are injuries where something has caused the skull itself to crack or an object penetrated the skull and injured the brain. When you are involved in an accident, an object could penetrate the skull and cause this type of injury. Often times surgery is required to remove the object and seal the wound back up.
- Acquired Brain Injury– these sorts of injuries to the brain do not result from any specific blow to the head, but rather occur inside the body. The brain may not get enough oxygen, or the brain might not be receiving an adequate amount of blood flow. If the brain cells begin to die, this is permanent and could result in lasting damage which can never be undone.
What are the most common causes of brain injuries?
Brain injuries related to personal injury can occur in many different ways. It is not always an auto accident which causes a brain injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following is a good breakdown of causes of injury to the brain in the year 2013:
- 1,320,411 fall related TBIs
- 430,836 struck by/against events
- 383,293 motor vehicle/traffic related TBIs
- 255,112 assault/self-harm related TBIs
- 217,141 unknown causes
- 190,959 injuries classified as “other”
What should you do if you sustained a brain injury as a result of an auto accident?
If you or someone you know was injured as a result of someone elses negligence and sustained a brain injury as a result, you may be entitled to compensation for that injury. Whether it was due to a car accident, a slip and fall or an assault, holding the other party responsible is what we do here at the Lopez Law Group. Our attorneys are always standing by and are ready to take your call. We can be reached at 727-933-0015. Our consultations are always free, and we will be able to tell you whether or not you have a potential case. Brain injuries are severe, and you should not wait to get examined if you believe you sustained one. The sooner you get treated the better.