Car accidents and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in the United States. These injuries commonly include concussions, contusions, and hemorrhages. For more information on these types of car accident injuries, read below.
One very serious consequence of a head injury is a brain contusion. This a bruising of the brain, which occurs when the brain’s soft tissue is squished against the skull. Blood can then collect on the surface of the brain, which is called a subdural hematoma. Similarly, a subraachnoid hemorrhage is bleeding between the brain and the tissues that cover the brain. Large amounts of blood can cause areas of the brain to stop working, which can result in permanent brain damage.
These types of brain injuries can lead to coma, chronic headaches, loss of hearing, vision, taste, smell, or sensation, development of paralysis, seizures, or speech and language issues.
The most common kind of traumatic brain injury though is a concussion. A concussion is a closed-head injury that occurs when the brain is moved back and forth in the skull. This typically happens when the head impacts with something, such as the windshield or steering wheel in the case of a car crash. Concussions can be both mild or severe, resulting in short-term loss consciousness or a coma.
Recently concussions have been in the spotlight because doctors and scientists have been documenting long-term brain damage in athletes who suffered concussions on football fields. For athletes, it is not at all uncommon to be knocked unconscious for a few seconds, to be returned to the game as if unharmed.
It is true that most people with concussions recover quickly and fully. However, recent studies show that a seemingly innocent concussion can cause long-term cognitive difficulty and memory loss.
However, if you’ve been in a car crash where you didn’t sustain memory loss or a loss of consciousness, that does not mean you are in the clear. Many head and brain injuries are not readily obvious.
If you have hit your hit in a car crash, don’t be tempted to dismiss the possibility of a serious head injury without being checked by a medical professional. You should seek medical attention immediately if you or anyone else involved in the crash:
- Becomes woozy or drowsy
- Begins behaving abnormally
- Develops a stiff neck
- Has a severe headache
- Loses consciousness
- Sees stars or dots in line of vision
If you or a family member has sustained a head injury or a traumatic brain injury in a car crash, contact one of our experienced personal injury lawyers today for information on compensation. In a free consultation, we can discuss your rights to recourse through the justice system. Call one of our St. Louis car accident lawyers today at 314.409.7060, or at 855.40.CRASH.