Understanding Brain Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

The severe impact that occurs during a car accident can cause serious brain injuries. Severe head injuries can cause serious long-term debilitation. Concussions and mild brain injuries are often not completely apparent soon after a car accident. Additionally, traumatic brain injuries are some of the most dangerous types of injuries. A traumatic brain injury can cause a severe brain bleed. If not treated immediately, the swelling in the brain can cause death or significant disabilities. The brain is incredibly complex and the results of a brain injury can be devastating and long-lasting if not permanent.

Skilled Charlotte Personal Injury Representation

If you have suffered a brain injury in a North Carolina car accident, it is essential to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Seeking the help of a skilled personal injury lawyer to help guide you through the process is also important. At Arnold & Smith, PLLC our lawyers have extensive experience representing clients who have suffered all manner of injuries due to car accidents.

We understand how important it is to investigate our clients’ car accidents and gather evidence of the effect that their brain injury has on their daily life. We will develop a well-developed strategy to help you attempt to recover compensation for your brain injury. Contact our personal injury lawyers today to schedule your free initial consultation.

The Causes of Brain Injuries in North Carolina Motor Vehicle Accidents

We do not know exactly what happens to a brain during a motor vehicle accident. Many brain injuries are difficult to detect without the use of an MRI machine. However, even when a car accident victim does not appear to be injured, he or she may still have a brain injury. When a person suspects that they have received a brain injury in a car accident, seeking immediate treatment is essential.

Medical doctors can use imaging tests to spot potential brain injuries and recommend treatment. When the victim needs to file a personal injury lawsuit, proving that an injury occurred is important. The plaintiff can submit evidence of the brain injury and show that he or she has sought treatment for the injury.

Contact Between the Victim’s Head and Another Object

In a motor vehicle accident, a foreign object can slam into the victim’s head, causing a brain injury. Car accident victim’s heads can slam into airbags, steering wheels, or a host of other unaccommodating objects. Bicyclists and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to suffering from brain injuries. They do not have the external protection of a motor vehicle. When motorcyclists and bicyclists fly from their transportation, they may land on their head, causing a brain hemorrhage. Even when motorcyclists are wearing helmets during the accident, the brain can still suffer significant injury when the impact has enough force.

Forward Momentum can Cause Brain Injuries in a Car Accident

The brain does not need to collide with another object or the ground to suffer a brain injury. The brain itself can slam into the hard bone inside the skull. Every human’s brain sits suspended within the skull. During quick and rapid acceleration and deceleration, the brain can move and collide with parts of the skull. The result can cause swelling of the brain. Additionally, contact with the brain and the skull can also cause microtears that can only be seen through brain imaging scans.

Concussions Caused by Brain Injuries

Many North Carolina car accident victims suffer untreated concussions. Car accident victims may feel fine after the accident then later realize that they suffered from brain injuries. When concussions are left untreated, they can potentially lead to significant brain injuries. After experiencing a North Carolina car accident, it is important to discuss the symptoms of a concussion with a medical provider to ensure you do not have a concussion. The following are symptoms of a concussion:

  • Loss of consciousness for any amount of time, even for a couple of moments
  • Sensitivity to light and noise such as one experience with a migraine
  • Tingling, loss of feeling, or numbness
  • Sudden irritability or unexplained mood swings
  • Poor balance or coordination
  • Headaches with pressure from inside the head
Our Charlotte Brain Injury Lawyers can Help

Suffering from a brain injury can have an extremely negative impact on a person’s life. Individuals who suffer traumatic brain injuries can lose their ability to perform motor functions, communicate clearly, and a whole host of significant health issues. If you have suffered a brain injury caused by someone else’s negligence, our lawyers can help you seek compensation for your injuries. Contact our personal injury lawyers today to schedule your free initial consultation. Now taking cases throughout North Carolina with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and Monroe.

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