Serious brain injuries often an aftermath of car accidents

Although there are many dangers in the world, the one that is probably most likely to affect the average person is a car accident. During 2013 alone, about 2.3 million people across the country were injured in car accidents. According to the New Jersey Department of transportation, 60,705 out of the total 283,115 car accidents in the state during the same time resulted in someone being injured.

When an injury results from a car accident, it can vary in degree of seriousness. While some people are lucky to suffer cuts or bruises that will heal in a couple of weeks, the less fortunate are left with serious and life-long injuries. Among the most serious injuries is a traumatic brain injury or TBI. In fact, car accidents are the second leading cause of this type of injury (falls are the top cause).

In car accidents, TBIs result from the great force caused by the collision of the motor vehicle with an outside object. During the collision, the force can cause a vehicle occupant's head to hit the dashboard, steering wheel, window, seat back or other object. During this time, the force of the impact causes the occupant's brain to make contact with the inside of the skull. If the brain hits the skull hard enough, it can result in a TBI.

The symptoms of a TBI vary, depending on how serious the injury is. According to the Mayo Clinic, TBI sufferers can develop symptoms immediately or several weeks after the accident. If a mild form of TBI develops, the symptoms can include dizziness, headaches, confusion, inability to concentrate or blurred vision. More serious forms of TBI have more serious symptoms such as nausea, loss of coordination, numbness, seizures or memory difficulties.

Unfortunately, about 1.7 million Americans develop TBI each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the CDC, the likelihood of recovering from a TBI depends on the nature of the injury. Those with mild forms of TBI may be able to recover after weeks of rest and pain medicine. However, even those with mild forms often need to check in with a physician regularly to ensure complications do not develop.

Conversely, those with more serious forms can face a lifetime of treatment. Although advances in treatment are made periodically, an effective cure for TBI has yet to be developed. As a result, those with serious forms of TBI often require long periods of hospitalization and rehabilitation, sometimes lasting for the rest of the suffer's life. Even if treatment is sought out early, some severe forms of TBI can eventually cause death.

What to do if in an accident

If you are involved in a car accident, get checked out by a medical provider as soon as possible. Symptoms of TBI do not always present themselves immediately. An early diagnosis of TBI makes it more likely that it can be effectively treated. If you develop TBI, treatment can be significantly expensive, especially in more serious cases. Fortunately, if the car accident was caused by someone else's negligence, you may recover the cost of your medical treatment.

To learn more about your recovery options, contact the attorneys at Smith, Magram, Michaud, Colonna, P.C. Our law firm has been protecting the rights of car accident victims since 1965. We will work hard on your behalf to ensure that you receive fair and adequate compensation from your insurance company or the negligent driver.