Car Accident-Related Brain InjuriesApril 19, 2019
From minor fender benders to serious, multi-vehicle collisions, car accidents happen every day on highways, local roads, and residential streets across the country. Depending on the nature of the accident, injuries can range from minor cuts and scrapes to broken bones and traumatic brain injuries. Some of the most common types of car accident injuries include whiplash, scrapes, broken bones, and internal bleeding. Unfortunately, brain injuries are another common, yet unexpected injury that can occur if the victim’s head hits the steering wheel, window, or another hard object. These injuries can have devastating consequences for the victim and their family.
If a car accident injury involves broken bones, severe blood loss, or any other visible injury, there is no question that the injury would require immediate medical attention. However, brain injuries often go untreated following the accident because symptoms may not show up until later, or they may not seem serious enough to warrant going to the emergency room. It is recommended that car accident victims be checked out by a medical professional to rule out any underlying injuries, even if the victim suffered a minor head injury.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when the force of impact causes the brain to strike against the inside of the skull. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 14 percent of injury-related fatalities are caused by TBIs from car accidents and are the leading cause of death in people between the ages of five and 24. Non-fatal TBIs are the leading cause of hospitalization in those aged 15 to 44 years old.
Common Symptoms of Brain Injuries
The following symptoms may indicate a TBI, and should be checked out as soon as possible by a medical professional:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Headaches or migraines
- Vision impairment
What many people do not realize is that even a relatively minor injury, such as whiplash, can cause a TBI. When the head is thrown back and forth due to the force of impact, it can negatively affect the head and neck. While the initial pain and soreness from the impact may be obvious right away, the symptoms of a brain injury may not be as obvious, which is why people often fail to seek treatment. All injuries, particularly those involving the head and neck, should be examined by a medical professional immediately following an accident.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Car Accident-Related Brain Injuries
If you suffered a brain injury after being involving in a car accident, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We understand how devastating these injuries can be, and we will work tirelessly to secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve. Our experienced legal team will protect your rights every step of the way. We will not stop fighting for you until justice has been served. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.