Millions of people in the United States suffer from brain injuries each year. A brain injury can occur any time that the head is jolted or struck, or any time an object penetrates the skull.
While there are many potential causes of a brain injury, statistics suggest that roughly half of reported traumatic brain injuries are the result of an automobile accident. Car accident injuries can lead to physical and emotional pain and suffering, as well as costly medical expenses. This is especially true when a catastrophic injury, such as a brain injury, is involved.
Victims of car accidents resulting in a brain injury should work with Longview, TX attorneys Randy Akin and Greg Burton to help them obtain just compensation for their losses.
Types of Brain Injuries
There are many different types of brain injuries that can occur as the result of a car accident. The type of brain injury that a person suffers will depend on how the head or brain was struck or jolted during the collision.
Although each type of injury differs slightly, all of the following are classified as traumatic brain injuries:
- Concussion: A concussion is one of the most common types of brain injuries. A concussion can develop when the head is struck or moves suddenly, with enough force that the brain hits the inside of the skull. Although many people think of a concussion as a relatively minor injury, it can result in serious and long-lasting side effects.
- Contusion: A contusion is essentially a bruise. Bruises aren’t usually dangerous, but when a contusion is present on the brain, it can cause significant damage.
- Coup-contrecoup: This type of injury describes the presence of two contusions: one on either side of the brain. This injury can occur when the force of an accident is severe enough to create a contusion at the site of impact, as well as on the opposite side of the brain (likely because the brain was pushed against the skull).
- Penetration: A penetration injury involves the head and brain being pierced by an object.
When to Seek Treatment
Unless an accident victim suffers from a penetration injury, it may not be immediately obvious that that brain has been injured. Unfortunately, the effects of a brain injury may worsen if a patient does not receive treatment in a timely manner.
We recommend that all car accident victims see a doctor as soon as possible to ensure that they are not suffering from a traumatic brain injury or other internal injuries. If immediate medical care was not sought, go to the doctor at the first sign of brain injury symptoms.
Some of the most common symptoms of traumatic brain injury include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Changes in mood or behavior
Compensation for Damages
Brain injuries often require extensive medical care, and many injury victims deal with the effects of a brain injury for the rest of their lives. Insurance companies usually fail to take this into account when offering an accident settlement, and they do not consider the physical and emotional pain and suffering associated with a brain injury.
Attorneys Randy Akin and Greg Burton work hard to help brain injury victims obtain compensation for the full extent of accident damages. Their experience and expertise can prove invaluable in the aftermath of a car accident resulting in a brain injury.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a traumatic brain injury following a car accident, experienced attorneys Randy Akin and Greg Burton are here to help. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case. Call (903) 297-8929 to learn more about your legal options.