One of the most common injuries to occur in a car accident is a head injury. The head is highly vulnerable during a motor vehicle crash, and these injuries tend to be serious and/or life-changing. In fact, over half of recorded brain injuries occur due to car accidents. Here’s what you need to know about the top brain injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents.
A concussion is a milder form of brain injury that often occurs in a crash. The head doesn’t have to hit any other object for a concussion to occur, although if it does, a concussion is more likely. This type of injury occurs when the body stops suddenly and the brain continues to move inside the head. The brain bounces against the inside of the skull, effectively bruising it and causing symptoms like headaches, fatigue, slurred speech and more. Concussions typically resolve on their own, but head injuries should always be checked out to make sure they are not more serious.
If the brain has been severely injured, it may begin to bleed. Like concussions, brain bleeds are usually closed head injuries and may not be noticeable right away. If a brain bleed is left untreated, permanent brain damage can occur. Typically, surgery is required to stop the bleed and prevent it from doing critical damage. In some cases, even a promptly treated bleed can cause changes in behavior, speech, and the ability to complete daily tasks.
Open Head and Brain Injuries
In very severe car accidents, the head can be penetrated with an object, usually debris from the accident, which can then injure the brain. This type of injury is easily noticeable, because you can usually see the object that is penetrating the skull. While this may look alarming, most often, the object is keeping the brain from bleeding. Never remove debris that has penetrated a car accident victim’s head. Instead, get emergency help right away. The object will need to be removed by an experienced neurosurgery team.
Were You or a Loved One Injured in a Car Accident?
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury as the result of a motor vehicle accident, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and disability, among other things. Contacting an attorney as soon as you can is imperative to protecting your rights to financial restitution. Call the Law Offices of Donald J. Matson today at (626) 792-1900.