A traumatic brain injury is an all too common injury sustained during a car accident. As Connecticut personal injury attorneys we know that even an accident that occurs at a moderate speed can cause a head injury. Those that occur at higher rates of speed can be serious, even disabling. Please read on to learn more about the kind of damage head injuries do and the lasting effects of traumatic brain injuries.
How is the brain injured during a car accident?
The type of damage and extent of the injuries depends on how the accident occurs. During a car accident the head may strike an object, such as the steering wheel, frame or windshield. This impact can cause either a closed or open head wound. Either can be serious, even disabling. Of the one million people who suffer a head injury each year approximately 50,000 to 100,000 will continue to be effected by the injury for years to come. However, the head does not have to strike an object to suffer an injury. The brain can become injured from the impact of the brain against the skull, causing bruising and bleeding within the cranial cavity.
Specific ways the brain is injured
During a car accident the brain can be injured in several ways. Each has the potential to do harm and cause serious injury.
- Bruising and bleeding- The brain is bruised and bleeds when the sudden stopping motion of a car accident causes the brain to slam into the skull. When this occurs brain tissue is injured, causing blood vessels to tear. When vascular tears occur blood is released into the brain, causing increased pressure into the skull and increasing the risk of long lasting damage.
- Tearing- When the brain is torn there is the distinct possibility that there will be no visible damage. Tears will not appear on CT scans or MRI’s, however the damage is very real and can affect the accident victim for life.
- Swelling- Swelling is a common reaction to either of the above injuries. The problem with swelling of the brain is that there is no room for the swelling to occur. This can damage brain tissue and other structures within the head. Heart rate and breathing are two crucial functions that may be affected.
If you have suffered a brain injury, be it major or minor, you already know how it can adversely affect your life. The injury can require multiple surgeries and years of therapy.
The costs of such treatments are extremely high and medical bills can quickly become overwhelming. You may be entitled to more compensation that the insurance company has approved. Contact an experienced, aggressive Connecticut accident lawyer at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren for your free consultation.