Car Accidents Resulting in Brain Injury
A brain injury occurs when the brain strikes against the inside of the skull, or when the brain is penetrated by another object. There are various accidents that can lead to brain injury, but car accidents are one of the most common.
Car accidents involving brain injury can result in significant damages for the injured party. At the Tawwater Law Firm in Oklahoma, OK, our car accident attorneys can be instrumental in getting accident victims the financial compensation they are due for all damages stemming from a brain injury.
What Types of Car Accidents Cause Brain Injury?
Nearly every type of car accident involves high impact that causes the body and head to move suddenly, so any type of accident has the potential to cause a brain injury.
In a rear-end car accident, the impact of the crash comes from behind. Most often, this causes the body to be thrown suddenly backward and forward, so that the head and neck snaps. This is the most common cause of whiplash, but it is also a leading cause of traumatic brain injury, because the brain is likely to move around and hit the front or back of the skull.
If a car is struck from the front, as with a head-on collision, the car will come to an abrupt stop. The momentum in this type of accident usually causes the body to suddenly jolt forward. Again, the brain could slam against the inside of the skull. In a front-end collision, it is also common for the head to strike an airbag, dashboard, steering wheel, or windshield, any of which could result in a brain injury.
Finally, there are side impact crashes. These are not as likely to cause brain injuries as a rear- or front-end impact, but it is definitely possible. When a vehicle is struck from the side, the body will be thrown in the direction of the impact. This violent movement can push the brain against one side of the skull or the other.
Symptoms of a Brain Injury
The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury vary based on the severity of the injury and the area of the brain that was injured. The effects of a brain injury could be short- or long-term. This also depends largely on the type and severity of the injury. Potential symptoms of a brain injury include:
- Memory loss
- Vision impairment
- Cognitive difficulties
- Physical limitations
- Changes in personality
Compensation for Accident Damages
A traumatic brain injury can cause physical pain and emotional suffering, but there are also financial damages to consider. A traumatic brain injury will require medical treatment, which usually includes rehabilitation and therapy. Treatment may be ongoing, and the costs can add up quickly. As expenses increase, income is likely to decrease, because injured victims will probably need time away from work, or may even be unable to return to work altogether.
Those in the Oklahoma City area who have suffered damages from a car accident resulting in a brain injury have the right to seek financial compensation for their losses. The attorneys at the Tawwater Law Firm will gather evidence to prove liability for an accident so that our clients can be justly compensated for their losses.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a brain injury caused by a car accident, the attorneys at Tawwater Law Firm in Oklahoma City would like to get you the maximum compensation you are due. To find out how our legal team can be of assistance, send us a message at your earliest convenience, or call (405) 607-1400.