Traumatic Brain Injuries & Car Accidents, A Macomb County MI Attorney Explains
If you have been involved in an auto accident, you should never take your injuries lightly, especially a head injury. Even a minor accident that causes a slight bump to the head can produce serious medical problems days later.
In many cases, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are sustained in auto accidents. These often occur when a crash victim’s head slams into the steering wheel, windshield, or dashboard. But the head need not actually strike an external object to sustain a TBI.
TBIs occur when the brain slams against the inner part of your skull, whether due to external trauma or just because the head moves violently back and forth in a whiplash injury. They can cause damage to blood vessels and brain tissue and can have an effect on your overall motor functions.
Sometimes crash victims lose consciousness or experience:
- Neurological complications such as irritability, aggression and other behavioral issues.
- Post-traumatic amnesia, a condition involving disorientation, confusion, and loss of memory.
What are the common types of TBIs
Unlike most injuries, many brain injuries never fully heal. Some neurons simply never regenerate once they’re lost. Even after crash victims recover from a TBI, they may experience complications that last a lifetime.
Common TBIs caused by car accidents include:
- Coup-contrecoup brain injury: Often occurs in serious auto accidents. The blow to the head is so severe that the brain hits the opposite side of impact.
- Concussion: This type of TBI is fairly mild and the most common. While they are typically easy to recover from with treatment, severe or repeat concussions can result in permanent brain damage. There is no such thing as a truly minor brain injury.
- Brain contusion: Causes bleeding under the skin and can happen alongside a concussion. In severe cases, brain contusions may require surgery.
- Diffuse axonal injury: Similar to a concussion, but much more severe and can cause permanent brain damage.
- Second impact syndrome: If you have already sustained a TBI, you may be at risk of sustaining another one, especially if you haven’t made a full recovery. A second TBI can often be more severe than the first one.
- Penetrating injury: An open head injury that can result from being penetrated by pieces of a vehicle.
Why you should take immediate action
If you or a loved suffered a TBI in an auto accident, don’t wait to take action. Get medical attention as soon as possible. Even if your injury seems like just a “bump on the head,” it can turn into something worse if left untreated.
If your TBI was severe, you may require lifelong treatment and may never be able to engage in certain activities again. That’s why you need an experienced Macomb County auto accident attorney on your side fighting for your rights. The legal team at Fraser & Souweidane, P.C. will work tirelessly to hold negligent drivers, and their insurance companies accountable. Contact us today to learn more.