Auto Accidents Can Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries
By Saunders Law Group on August 09, 2017
Injury accident victims in the greater Bartow area know they can count on our lawyers for expert legal guidance. Auto collision lawsuits can be complicated and frustrating, but these issues can be mitigated if you have a skilled legal professional on your side.
One of the most serve kinds of injuries that can be sustained during an auto accident is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Let's consider the basics of these sorts of brain injuries and how they may occur during a traffic collision.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
Simply stated, a traumatic brain injury refers to damage to the brain that is sustained as a result of physical trauma. This is the result of a forceful impact to the cranium.
Given the harm done to the brain, it should come as no surprise that these sorts of injuries can lead to major psychological and physical changes to an accident victim. The repercussions can be tragic and lifelong.
Different Kinds of Brain Injuries
There are different kinds of traumatic brain injuries that may occur. Briefly, here are some examples:
Concussions – A concussion occurs when the brain experiences trauma from a sudden impact or blow. Blows to the skull or body can cause these kinds of injuries to occur.
Contusions – A contusion refers to a bruise appearing in part of a person's brain.
Coup-Contrecoup Injury – A coup-contrecoup injury refers to contusions that appear on opposite sides of a person's brain.
Open Head Injuries – Open head injuries refer to injuries in which the skull is breached. These kinds of injuries can be extremely serious, resulting in catastrophic harm to the brain.
The Nature of the Collision May Increase Risk
When involved in an auto accident, the nature of the collision may determine the severity of the brain injury that is sustained. High-speed accidents and head-on collisions can increase the risk of a brain injury being sustained. Similarly, a lack of safety features in a vehicle or the failure to wear a seat belt and/or helmet can result in a greater risk of sustaining a brain injury.
Failure of Airbags and Safety Restraints
In some cases, drivers and passengers may be wearing their seat belts and driving safely, but these safety features fail. Seat belts may not hold people in a vehicle secure, and air bags may deploy late or even not deploy at all. To that, the very design of the vehicle may be such that serious head and brain injuries are more likely.
In these cases, the automaker may be liable for some of your injuries occurring. This is because the severity of the injuries may have been reduced has safety featured functioned as they should have.
How Our Attorneys Can Help You
Recovering from an auto accident can take time, and it can prove to be a major drain on your financial resources as well as your emotional well-being. By working with an attorney, you can have peace of mind as you pursue legal action against a negligent motorist and/or an auto company. Damages can be sought to cover medical expenses, lost wages, vehicle damage, and other losses associated with your collision. While a lawyer seeks legal action on your behalf, you can focus on healing and moving forward.
Contact Our Team of Attorneys
To learn more about your legal rights and options following a brain injury, we encourage you to contact our team of attorneys today. Our lawyers will be here to help you through the litigation process every step of the way.
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