February 6, 2017
Any injury to your head – particularly the brain – is serious. In fact, this type of serious accident can alter the trajectory of your life. Your brain is the master controller of your entire body; as a result, any type of trauma or injury to it can lead to a number of mental and physical complications. Some of these may last for years – or more. In many cases, this type of injury requires quite a bit of rehabilitation and medical care. Hiring a personal injury attorney to help recover a fair amount of compensation is a must.
Even though your brain is encased with a thick skull, trauma can still result in your brain moving inside of the skull then to compress, which can cause blunt force trauma, concussions, brain stem herniation, blood clots, and even strokes. If the complications aren’t addressed in a timely manner, you may suffer cognitive dimming and the permanent loss of brain function.
Car accidents can cause you to suffer a concussion in several ways. The collision may cause you to hit your head on the windshield, the steering wheel, the back of your seat, or some other hard surface. If you are in a rollover accident, you may suffer a concussion, as well as a skull fracture due to the violent nature of these crashes.
Common Signs of Brain Injuries
There are a number of symptoms that may indicate you have suffered some type of brain injury, including a concussion. These include:
- Irritability or personality changes
- Loss of consciousness
- Uneven or dilated pupils
- Confusion or memory loss
- Difficulty breathing
- Sensitivity to noise or light
- Ringing in your ears
- Blurred vision
It is important that you don’t ignore these symptoms. If they are not addressed in a timely manner, they can lead to serious cognitive issues, including paralysis, weeks or even months down the road.
Types of Brain and Head Injuries
One type of traumatic brain injury is a cerebral contusion. It results from a blow or impact to the head seconds after a collision. It typically results in the bruising of the brain or bleeding. Another common injury is a coup-contrecoup, which is when there is an impact to one side of your head that causes your brain to slam into the other side of the skull. In this type of injury, you usually suffer two contusions, which requires immediate medical treatment.
Contact an Attorney for Help
If you are in a collision and you, or someone you love, suffers a traumatic brain injury, then you need the services of a personal injury attorney. At Bautista LeRoy, you can have a team of qualified attorneys fighting to help you get the compensation you deserve for the injuries you suffered.