The most severe injuries caused by a car accident are head injury and brain injury.
The types of head injuries from car accidents vary in severity from minor to catastrophic.
Those suffering from these injuries may face mounting medical expenses and an inability to work.
Working with an attorney reduces anxiety and assists you in pursuing the financial compensation you deserve while you recover.
Contact a personal injury attorney if you were involved in a car accident and had head trauma.
Types of Brain Injuries from Car Crashes
After a car accident, common head trauma injuries include the following:
- Closed head injury. A closed head injury occurs when no open skull fracture occurs, but the brain suffers an injury due to sudden impact.
- Open brain injury. With an open brain injury, debris or part of the skull damages the brain and causes a skull fracture.
- Frontal lobe injury. Frontal lobe injuries cause cognitive issues with emotions, memory, problem-solving, and more.
- Brain bleeding or hemorrhage. Brain bleeding or hemorrhaging result in cell damage and additional harm to the brain.
- Concussion. Concussions occur when the brain hits the inside of the skull. Concussions can be long-lasting and severe.
Some injuries may initially appear minor or not at all, causing someone to delay seeking medical treatment until it’s too late. Seek medical attention immediately after a car accident for a head injury.
What Are the Symptoms of Car Accident Brain Damage?
If you suffer brain injury from a car accident, symptoms may show up right away or be slow to appear.
However, severe life or death situations may arise quickly as internal brain injuries progress and worsen without treatment. Examples of brain injury symptoms include the following.
Cognitive difficulties may include memory loss from a car accident. More severe cognitive issues may result in mental confusion, difficulty in concentrating, or drastic mood changes.
In some situations, symptoms may even show as extreme anger or violence. Brain swelling from a car accident often results in cognitive issues if the swelling impacts the frontal lobe.
Headaches and Seizures
Headaches may occur in less severe head injuries like concussions. However, seizures often indicate severe brain injuries and require immediate medical attention.
If you suffer unconsciousness, either immediately following a car accident or sometime after, you may have suffered some brain injury.
Your doctor may subject you to extensive medical tests or brain scans to determine what caused you to lose consciousness.
Different types of brain injuries from a car accident may present through various other symptoms, including:
- Numbness in fingers and toes,
- Dilated pupils,
- Light or sound sensitivity,
- Coordination difficulties,
- Diminished alertness, and
- Nausea and vomiting.
Any of these symptoms require immediate medical attention. A complete medical evaluation promptly following a car accident can connect any injuries you suffer to the car crash.
Maintaining this connection is vital to recovering compensation against the at-fault party.
How Can a Lawyer Help Me?
Brain injuries can result in substantial medical bills and an inability to work.
In some cases, permanent injuries may cause victims to restructure their lives to adjust to their new normal.
Focusing on healing and recovery may be impossible when you are saddled by mounting financial stresses.
At The Zimmerman Law Firm, P.C., we fight for the rights of injured victims with zealous representation, competent and credible expertise, personal service, and the necessary financial resources to maximize your financial recovery.
Contact our office today for a free consultation to discover how we can help you!