A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a force penetrates or fractures the skull. Unfortunately, half of all TBIs result from car accidents. TBIs caused by car crashes don’t necessarily need to be due to a skull fracture or penetration; when the body experiences a sudden jolt or stop, the brain careens forward even if your head is held steady. This is how your brain collides with your skull, causing internal bruising and bleeding in the skull that isn’t visible to the naked eye.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a car accident and have been diagnosed with a TBI, read the information below. Our lawyers at Hach & Rose can help you navigate the process of filing a claim and win you the compensation you deserve.
Four common TBIs caused by car accidents
- Penetration: This occurs when an object, such as a metal part of a wrecked car, cuts into the brain. This is one of the most serious types of TBI because it could result in the victim’s death or serious paralysis.
- Concussion: This is a less serious TBI, but is still worth filing a claim for. A concussion occurs when the brain is repeatedly being rocked back and forth in the skull.
- Focal brain injury: This is an injury affecting one specific part of the brain, which could lead to loss of bodily function normally controlled by that area.
- Locked-in syndrome: This rare and tragic TBI results from damage to the lower brain and brain stem. The victim is fully mentally aware, but is paralyzed and cannot speak.
Common TBI symptoms to watch for:
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Slurred speech
- Loss of coordination
- Changes in attention or mental skills
- Numbness in fingers and toes
This list is not exhaustive, and you should reach out to a medical professional if you are concerned that you are suffering from a brain injury.
If you have suffered a TBI in a car accident, do not hesitate to reach out to a knowledgeable brain injury attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP. We will help you get the compensation you need and deserve. Call our office at (212) 779-0057 or reach out online to schedule a free consultation today.