Tennessee Brain Injury Lawyer
A car crash can cause brain injuries ranging from a mild concussion to a severe traumatic brain injury that results in permanent disability or death. These injuries may occur due to a direct impact to the head, or because the force of the accident caused a rapid and irregular acceleration of the head, damaging the brain as it hits the inside of the skull.
Traumatic brain injury accounts for about 30 percent of all injury deaths every year, and motor vehicle crashes cause 26 percent of all TBI-related deaths and 14 percent of all TBIs. The prognosis for recovery from a TBI depends on many factors, such as the victim’s age, overall health, and the specific regions of the brain injured. A serious, non-fatal TBI may require surgery, extensive hospitalization and rehabilitation, as well as ongoing medical care. Even the least serious TBI – a concussion – can cause long-term health problems.
If you or someone in your family suffered a head injury in a traffic accident, you may be entitled to compensation. John R. Colvin has years of experience protecting the rights of personal injury victims in the Tennessee Valley.
Find out if you have a case. Call our office today to schedule a no-obligation consultation: 1-844-684-5313.
According to The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), about half of all patients with severe TBIs will need surgery to remove or repair ruptured blood vessels or bruised brain tissue. Usually, those patients will be moved to the intensive care unit after surgery.
TBIs may affect a specific region of the brain, or they may occur throughout the brain, damaging the ends of nerve cells that are essential for brain cells to communicate with one another. This complex injury can lead to severe disabilities.
Disabilities from TBI may include:
- Memory loss
- Cognitive impairment
- Loss of or impaired senses
- Speech and communication difficulties
- Weakness or paralysis
- Loss of coordination
- Depression, agitation, and poor emotional control.
When doctors treat patients for an injury such as a broken ankle, the treatment and outcome don’t vary much from person to person. But because of the complexity of the brain, no two TBIs are exactly alike, and it may be impossible to predict how a similar injury will affect two different people.
Concussion may be the mildest form of TBI, but it can still have long-lasting health effects. Sometimes, the effects of concussion may not be evident until days, weeks – even years – after the initial injury.
A concussion doubles one’s risk of developing epilepsy within five years of the injury. Lingering effects of concussion may also include vertigo, headaches, cognitive impairment, and psychological problems.
In cases of mild concussion, the primary treatment is rest. Intense physical activity can delay recovery. Children recovering from a concussion should avoid any activity that could cause a second head injury, due to the risk of second impact syndrome, a fatal brain injury in which a second concussion occurs before full recovery from the first injury.
Symptoms of concussion may include:
- Memory loss
- Sleep disturbances
While airbags can prevent many injuries in a crash, they are meant to be used in conjunction with seat-belts, not as an alternative to seat-belts. Failing to use seat-belts and failing to secure children in car seats appropriate for their size could increase the risk of a serious head injury, should vehicle occupants be involved in a crash.
Rear-end crashes are commonly associated with neck injuries like whiplash, and the same force that causes those injuries can also increase the risk of TBI for occupants of the foremost vehicle.
It’s not just vehicle occupants that are injured in traffic crashes. Every year, vehicles strike thousands of individuals, and such crashes often cause severe injuries for pedestrians. TBIs are the most common injury for pedestrians in traffic crashes, and injuries may be especially severe if a victim’s head comes into contact with a vehicle’s windshield.
Brain surgery can cost roughly $30,000 to $150,000, depending on the extent of brain injury. That doesn’t include the costs of rehabilitation and therapy. Families often face undue economic hardship in additional to emotional suffering, when a loved one must undergo treatment for a TBI.
In 2014, an inattentive driver struck a college student who was walking across the street. The young man’s mother wrote a story about the accident for The Washington Post, in which she described his long and difficult recovery: one month in neurological intensive care; another month as a patient in a residential rehab facility; and six months of physical, occupational, and language therapy. Aside from the young man’s remarkable recovery, what stands out about that story is the fact that an inattentive driver caused him and his family so much suffering.
Contact an Experienced Tennessee Brain Injury Lawyer
Inattentive, irresponsible, and reckless drivers cause crashes every day. And sometimes those crashes lead to severe injuries. If you or someone in your family has suffered a TBI due to the fault of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation that can help you move on with your life. Contact us today via our online form or call us today at (931) 962-1044, to find out what we can do for you.