More than half of all traumatic brain injuries occur as a result of car accidents. Traumatic brain injuries often happen when a person's head hits the windshield, dashboard, or back of a seat. Furthermore, it is not necessary to actually hit your head on anything to cause brain injury, because violent jolting or shaking that happens with whiplash can also injure your brain. Brain injuries have the potential to cause many difficulties in life and possibly cause permanent disability. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury from a car crash, you should call a Woolsey auto accident lawyer as you may have a car accident claim.
There are two main types of brain injuries that usually result from a car accident: primary injuries, which happen at the time of the impact, or secondary injuries that can develop over time. Some primary injuries include:
- blood clots or hematomas
- skull fractures
- contusions or bruising of the brain
- nerve damage
- lacerations caused by rotation of the brain inside the skull
Secondary injuries include: high or low blood pressure, brain swelling, anemia, seizures, increased brain pressure, and heart or lung problems. Additionally, there are three main types of complications from brain injuries, which are physical, cognitive, and communicative. Physically, you may experience dizziness, weakness, headaches, nausea, and problems with coordination and your senses. Cognitively, you may have difficulty remembering things, concentrating, learning new things, following even basic instructions, and planning or organizing. With communication, you may have trouble keeping up with conversations, finding the correct words to express your thoughts, speaking clearly, and with showing the correct emotion and tone for the particular topic of conversation.
All of these difficulties can have a serious impact on your life, may require extensive therapy, and may render you unable to work either temporarily or permanently. If you have suffered a brain injury in a car accident, call an experienced Woolsey auto accident lawyer at (770) 487-8999 as soon as possible for a free consultation. The Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you recover for your injuries and receive the settlement you deserve.