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Car Accidents Can Lead to Brain Injuries

Posted on in Catastrophic Injuries

California accident lawyer, California injury attorneyCar accidents commonly leave drivers and passengers with bumps and bruises. More severe crashes may result in broken bones or lacerations that require surgery.

However, in all car accidents, there is potential for a less visible wound: brain injury. Brain injuries, which include concussions, skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), are serious and do not always fully resolve, even with the best medical care.

Some brain injuries will be apparent as there will be obvious trauma to the head. In these circumstances, the victim and medical professionals will be aware further damage to the brain’s function may be to come.

One of the most common ways to sustain a brain injury in a car accident is through whiplash. This sudden jolt is caused by the impact of another car. Whiplash does not always include the head striking the steering wheel or other interior part of the vehicle. Yet, whiplash can cause severe brain injuries that affect multiple areas of brain functioning.

Who Is Most at Risk for a Brain Injury

Elderly and young drivers and passengers are the most at risk for brain injuries from any source such as falls or car accidents. One study determined that 30 percent of teens in motor vehicle accidents sustained acute head injuries.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that auto accidents are the leading cause of TBI-related death among those 15 to 19 years old. Experts say that graduated driver licensing laws and seat belt initiatives aimed at teens can help address these deaths.

Symptoms of Brain Injuries

In the weeks and months following your car accident, be on the lookout for the following signs you may have sustained a brain injury:

  • Headache;
  • Fatigue or drowsiness;
  • Changes in sleep patterns;
  • Dizziness;
  • Blurred vision;
  • Ringing in the ears;
  • Light or sound sensitivities;
  • Seizures;
  • Confusion;
  • Agitation;
  • Slurred speech; and
  • Weakness in limbs.

Contact a San Jose, CA Car Collision Attorney

Brain injuries may be subtle, especially near the time of the accident, and brain injuries can require an extensive amount of costly medical care. In the case of brain injuries, you are not encouraged to take a quick settlement from an insurance company before all injuries reveal themselves. An attorney can set the correct pace for your injury claim so that your claim will not expire under the deadlines set by law and so as much information will be known about the scope of your injuries. The qualified San Jose motor vehicle accident lawyers at the Jachimowicz Law Group are ready to meet with you about your case. Call our firm today at 408-246-5500.

 

Sources:

https://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2012/04/02/forget-football-car-crashes-are-the-leading-cause-of-fatal-head-trauma-among-teens/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/basics/symptoms/con-20029302

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