Car accidents are often violent, traumatic events. Crushing metal, breaking glass, and the sheer force of impact combine to cause a variety of serious injuries. One of the most common types of car accident injuries are traumatic brain injuries, often referred to as TBI. Brain injuries are serious and can be disabling, and may have a permanent impact in the victim’s abilities to work or even function on a day-to-day basis. Brain injuries can affect the injured person’s relationships with other and prevent from them from doing simple things they once enjoyed, such as hobbies and activities. It is important to understand how common these types of injuries are in car accidents, as well the potential effects these injuries can have on the people who suffer them.
Traumatic Brain Injury
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a traumatic brain injury can occur as the result of any kind of bump, blow, or jolt to the head, as well as any time the head is violently jerked or shaken. Millions of people in the United States suffer from traumatic brain injuries each year, and over half of these injuries are as the result of automobile accidents. The impact and force of being hit, as well as the likelihood of hitting your head on the dashboard or windshield, are the main reasons why traumatic brain injuries are so common in these accidents. Common symptoms of traumatic brain injury include:
- Headaches that do not go away, get worse, or increase in frequency;
- Weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg and arms;
- Blurred vision;
- Slurred speech, or the inability to communicate and form thoughts;
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Extreme sleepiness and the inability to awaken from sleep; and
- Convulsions or seizures.
Treating Traumatic Brain Injuries
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, which is operated under the NIH, anyone who exhibits signs of traumatic brain injury should seek medical care and treatment immediately. Treatment for traumatic brain injuries includes ensuring proper blood flow and oxygen supply to the brain, diagnostic testing to determine the degree of damage, and in severe cases, surgery to remove or repair damaged blood vessels and tissues. In terms of prognosis, TBI’s may result in lasting impairments, such as:
- Problems with cognitive functions, such as judgment and reasoning;
- Diminished or impaired senses, including vision and hearing;
- Behavioral and mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, or uncontrollable outbursts;
- Problems in communicating, both in the ability to speak and form words, as well as in the ability to form thoughts and express ideas; and
- In severe cases, TBI can result in paralysis and a permanent, vegetative state.
Let Us Help You
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of a car accident, contact our experienced Florida car accident attorneys immediately. At Hogan Frick, we understand the devastating impacts these injuries can cause. We can help hold responsible parties accountable for the damages they caused, and assist you in getting the compensation you deserve, With offices in Orlando, Gainesville, Ocala, Kissimmee, and Lakeland, we can help you today.