Car accidents are a major source of brain injuries. An impact causing a sudden and unexpected stop will force the brain to collide with the skull. Injury can be caused even if the driver’s head does not actually hit anything in the vehicle. Injury is likely to be worse if there is direct impact to the head, such as if the head hits the windshield. Brain injuries caused by a crash can range from being relatively minor and temporary to permanently debilitating. About 80 percent of traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases are considered mild with about 10 percent being moderate and 10 percent being severe.
Dangers of TBI
It can be difficult at first to determine the severity of a brain injury since it can occur without any evidence of a head wound. Severe TBI is potentially life-threatening and poses serious risk of devastating physical, mental, and emotional impairment. Without adequate medical attention, recovery times and outcomes will worsen. Therefore, it is important to follow up any car crash with a medical evaluation to determine the extent of injury. Mild TBI usually resolves over time following adequate rest and a gradual return to normal activities. Severe TBI is often difficult to resolve. Proper medical evaluation and initial intake are vital to ensuring maximum recovery of function. This can involve extensive treatment and rehabilitation.
Secondary Injuries and Treatment
After impact, primary trauma and damage to the brain is instantaneous. Secondary injury can occur when cellular and molecular changes to the brain happen in response to the primary trauma. Cellular swelling, inter-cranial bleeding, edema and pressure, and hypoxia can all occur after impact and cause further damage. Secondary injuries can be mitigated with proper and timely medical intervention. Without it, TBI-related brain injury can escalate rapidly. Symptoms of TBI can include anxiety, blood clotting, seizures, depression, muscle spasms, and exhaustion. Impairment of coordination, speech, and cognitive function are all common consequences of TBI.
Once a TBI patient has been stabilized, they will need to be evaluated to determine the nature and extent of any physical and cognitive impairment. Impacts from TBI can be hard to pinpoint and may take a long time to diagnose, treat, and resolve. Often, extensive treatment and rehabilitation are required to maximize recovery. In addition, emotional issues are also frequently associated with serious TBI cases, which can include depression and anxiety, as well as difficulty with memory, concentration, and reasoning. Some of these can be treated with medication and counseling.
Delaware Car Accident Lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC Advocate for Those Suffering Brain Injuries from Car Accidents
Medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering related to TBI can be extensive. The nature of the accident and other factors can be evaluated to determine whether a victim is entitled to damages. Our experienced Delaware car accident lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC can help you obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve. Call us at 302-308-7013 or complete an online form to set up a free consultation. Located in Wilmington, Delaware, we serve clients throughout the state, including Dover, Newark, and Middletown.