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Head & Brain Injuries from Car Crashes

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Skull x-ray“Head injury” is a broad term that refers to trauma to the head. Head injury may or may not result in brain injury. Some head injuries are minor and heal on their own, while other head injuries can be catastrophic injuries and permanently alter a person’s life and the lives of the person’s loved ones. Every year, the head injury rate in the United States is approximately 300 per 100,000 people, or 0.3% of the population. The rate of death from head injury is 25 deaths per 100,000 people.

Common Causes of Head / Brain Injuries

Car accidents are common causes of head injury. When a car rolls over, head injury is more likely. It is also more likely in roof crush accidents and in accidents when a person is unrestrained and his or her head hits the windshield. After a car accident, even if a head injury does not seem serious, it is best to let a medical professional evaluate the victim. Some head injuries do not show symptoms right away.

Symptoms of Brain Injury

Concussions are the most common type of closed head injury after an accident. Concussions may or may not be accompanied by loss of consciousness. Physical symptoms of brain injury sometimes show up immediately, and sometimes show up in the days and weeks after a car crash. Symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Sudden change in personality
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Seizures
  • Severe headaches
  • Sensory and motor problems

Unfortunately there are cases where a person initially appears to be okay, but deteriorates rapidly later on.

Prognosis After a Head Injury

Prognosis after a head injury varies widely. Most patients who show no neurologic deficit after an accident make a full recovery. However, the risk of problems later in life increases after some head injuries, even if the person appears to make a full recovery. An exam by a neurologist, along with imaging studies like x-rays, cat scans, or MRI scans can help physicians determine how severe a head injury is and the likelihood of a full recovery.

What to Do When an Accident Results in Brain Damage

After obtaining medical treatment, it is a good idea to contact a competent, experienced Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers like the ones at Kelley/Uustal. Head injuries are unpredictable, and it is important that the victim has access to appropriate medical treatment in both the short term and sometimes in the long term as well. Skilled, compassionate personal injury lawyers know how to deal with insurance companies and know how to ensure that the victim of a head injury receives the care and compensation he or she is entitled to.

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