Recovering from a Traumatic Brain InjuryFebruary 13, 2019
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are some of the most serious injuries that can result from a car accident, a gunshot wound, or a severe fall. Depending on the type and severity of the accident, the victim may suffer bruising or swelling in the brain, or bleeding if the impact caused tearing of the brain tissue or blood vessel. Because the brain is such a complex organ, a TBI can have a widespread effect on the individual’s functioning. Recovering from a TBI can take weeks, months, and even years. Some victims are left with permanent impairments. If you or someone you know suffered a TBI from a car accident, an experienced car accident lawyer can protect your rights and recommend the best legal course of action.
There are two types of TBI injuries: a closed head injury and an open head injury. A closed head injury occurs when the person’s head strikes another object, such as the windshield of a car. The impact causes the brain to hit against the inside of the skull, which is rough and uneven. This can cause bruising of the brain tissue and tearing of blood vessels. The areas of the brain that are most commonly affected are the frontal and temporal lobes. In most cases, the focal damage in these areas can be detected through MRI and CT scans. If the threadlike arms of nerve cells are injured, it can have a widespread impact on the individual’s ability to function. Axonal injuries are not yet detectable through the imaging technology that is available today.
An open head injury occurs when another object, such as a bullet, penetrates the skull. While the impact of the injury tends to be more focal and limited, they can be just as life-threatening and severe as a closed head injury if the bullet, or other object, was particularly destructive. Car accidents may not cause open head injuries.
Impact of a TBI
Depending on the nature of the accident and the severity of the brain injury, it is possible that the victim will suffer permanent impairments if the damage to the nerves in the brain was too extensive. Unlike bone and muscle tissue that can repair itself, neurons in the brain do not regrow. Certain areas of the brain may remain damaged, which can have a significant impact on the victim’s quality of life.
A severe TBI is going to involve a much longer recovery process than a mild TBI. The stages of recovery are different for every person, and they may not proceed in the same way. The costs associated with medical treatment can skyrocket very quickly, particularly if long-term care is required. A dedicated car accident lawyer can address all your questions and concerns and guide you through every step of the claims process.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Traumatic Brain Injuries
If you suffered a TBI after being involved in a car accident, contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We are fully committed to securing the maximum financial compensation you deserve and will continue to fight for you until we have your complete satisfaction. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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.