March is Brain Injury Awareness MonthMarch 8, 2019
Car accidents cause a range of serious, often fatal injuries, particularly if the vehicles involved were speeding. One of the most serious types of car accident injuries are brain injuries. Depending on the nature of the accident, brain injuries can range from minor concussions to devastating traumatic brain injuries. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, which raises awareness of how they impact the victims and their families. In addition, this year’s Change Your Mind campaign aims to de-stigmatize brain injuries, empower brain injury survivors and their caregivers, and promote a range of support programs available to people living with brain injuries.
Brain Injury Statistics
There are two main categories of brain injuries, including acquired brain injuries (ABI) and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). An ABI is defined as damage to the brain that occurs after birth, due to an unforeseen medical trauma, such as a stroke, an infectious disease, oxygen deprivation, or a seizure disorder. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by an external force, like a car accident. The following facts and figures highlight the devastating impact brain injuries have:
- Approximately 3.5 million suffer from ABIs each year.
- Over 2.5 million people sustain a TBI each year.
- Over two million people are treated for TBIs in Emergency Departments and Trauma Centers each year in the U.S.
- More than 5.3 million TBI victims live with a disability related to the injury.
Types of Car Accident-Related Brain Injuries
Oftentimes, when a driver or passenger is injured in a car accident, they may not realize that they were injured until the shock and stress of the incident has worn off. Therefore, it is important to understand how serious these injuries can be and seek immediate medical attention. The following are types of brain injuries that are caused by car accidents:
- Concussion: A car accident victim may suffer a concussion if the sudden impact causes trauma to the brain.
- Contusion: While this is another word for a bruise, it can be much more serious when it involves the brain. In some cases, it may require surgery.
- Coup-Contrecoup: This involves a contusion on both sides of the brain.
- Diffuse Axonal: When the impact of a car accident causes a strong rotation of the head, it can cause the brain structures to tear.
- Penetration: These occur when an object penetrates through the head and into the brain.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Compensation for Victims of Brain Injuries
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury due to a car accident, you are urged to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. Due to the nature of these injuries, it is not uncommon for victims to require surgery, physical therapy, long-term care, and other costly medical interventions. We will work tirelessly to secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve. Our skilled legal team will not stop fighting for you until justice has been served. To schedule a free, confidential 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.