Understanding How Car Accidents Cause Brain Injuries in Sarasota
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30% of all injury-related deaths are linked to traumatic brain injury (TBI). Unfortunately, car accidents resulting in TBI are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 5 and 24. Because Hale Law wants the Sarasota community to be aware of TBIs, today you will learn how to identify the types of brain injuries caused by car accidents.
What is TBI?
Traumatic brain injury or TBI is a sudden force such as a strike, blow, or bump that affects the normal function of the brain. Anyone, regardless of age, can suffer from a TBI.
In a car accident, brain trauma can occur when the head hits a steering wheel or even a windshield. Open wounds are not necessary for a victim to suffer from a TBI. The sudden injury is what causes the disruption in the brain.
An article in Healthline states that head injuries are usually associated with:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sports related accidents
- Physical assaults
There are several types of brain injuries that can be caused by car accidents. The next section will walk you through the different types so you can identify a TBI.
Car Accident Related Brain Injuries
Because brain injuries are life-altering and come with consequences such as medical bills and expenses, time off work and pain and suffering, it is important to know the different types of injuries you can sustain. Below are the most common car accident related brain injuries:
- Concussion: a mild injury that involves short loss of brain function
- Contusion: a serious bruise to the brain
- Skull Fracture: a break or crack caused by a strike or blow to the head
This is not an exhaustive list of car accident-related brain injuries. However, these and other brain injuries come with similar symptoms that you should be aware of.
Brain Injury Symptoms
When someone is suffering from a brain injury, you may see the following:
- Swelling and tenderness of the head
- Bleeding from the ears or nostrils
- Ringing in the ears
- Trouble focusing
- Changes in sleep
- Difficulty in speech
What to do if you have these symptoms after being in a car accident.
The first step is to get medical attention right away. Even if you have a headache, you should still make an appointment with a doctor. You don’t want the situation to get worse.
Next, contact an experienced Sarasota car accident attorney who is well-versed in traumatic brain injuries and will fight for your rights and keep your best interest at heart.
Medical insurance may not cover treatment for traumatic brain injuries, so a personal injury claim is often a necessary step to take.
Suffering from a TBI due to a Car Accident? Call Your Sarasota Car Accident Attorneys at Hale Law.
If you have TBI symptoms from a car accident, contact the Sarasota car accident attorneys at Hale Law. We’ll stand by your side and work on your behalf to recover the highest amount of compensation while you recover from your TBI. Call our office for a free consultation at 941-735-4529. There’s never any fee unless and until we recover for you.