Brain Injuries from Car AccidentsFebruary 26, 2019
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden blow to the head forces the brain against the skull. The soft tissue of the brain absorbs this force and becomes damaged as a result. The extent and severity of the damage depends on the force of the impact. Brain injuries range from mild to very severe, which can impact a person’s long-term ability to function independently.
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of brain injuries in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 14 percent of brain injuries are the direct result of motor vehicle crashes. Car accident-related TBIs are the leading cause of fatality in individuals between the ages of five and 24 and the leading cause of hospital visits for those between the ages of 15 and 44.
Types of TBIs
During a crash, passengers inside the vehicle experience a sudden jolt or impact. They may encounter airborne objects or even move around inside the vehicle if they are not restrained or if their seat belts fail during a crash. Certain brain injuries are more consistent with certain types of car accidents, depending upon where the impact occurs on the vehicle.
The most common car accident brain injuries are:
- Concussions: Brain trauma caused by a sudden blow or jolt to the head
- Contusions: A bruise on the brain, sometimes requiring surgical treatment
- Diffuse axonal: Tearing of the brain structures caused by a strong, unnatural rotation of the head
- Penetration: Objects and debris, such as glass and metal, pierce the skull and enter the brain
- Whiplash: The head is aggressively forced backward and then forward again, causing neck and back pain, which is common in rear-end crashes
If you or someone else has been involved in a car accident, look for some of the possible signs of a brain injury, including headaches, nausea or vomiting, dilated pupils, confusion and difficulty concentrating, or any period of unconsciousness.
It is important to note that not all brain injury symptoms are immediately apparent. If you were in a car accident, you should be evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible, even if you are not experiencing noticeable signs of brain trauma. Some symptoms develop over time. Left untreated, car accident-related brain trauma can potentially worsen and become permanent.
After any car accident where there has been a sudden movement or impact to the head, the victim should seek immediate medical attention. Documenting the accident and the extent of the victim’s injuries is also important. To ensure their potential claim against a negligent driver is protected, injured victims should seek the counsel of an experienced Baltimore car accident lawyer.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Car Accident Victims
If you or a loved one suffered a TBI in a car accident caused by a careless driver, you deserve compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial impact of your injuries. The Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton work hard to recover your rightful compensation and obtain the justice you deserve. We will review all your options and recommend the best legal course of action to achieve resolution for your claim. Call 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.