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Traumatic Brain Injuries and Car Accidents in Atlanta

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Traumatic Brain Injuries and Car Accidents in Atlanta

Traumatic brain injuries and car accidents often go hand-in-hand, leaving victims to suffer symptoms that can be debilitating or even life-threatening. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a head injury that is typically caused by a car or other vehicle accident, fall, or violence such as a blow to the head with an object. Those who have suffered a TBI as the result of a car accident that was due to another party's negligence may want to consider visiting with Hall & Lampros, LLP at (404) 876-8100 to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve under the law. 

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

According to John Hopkins Medicine, a TBI occurs when the brain is damaged by an external, sudden, physical assault (impact). A traumatic brain injury is among the most common causes of death and disability in adults. The damage may occur in several areas of the brain or be confined to one area. A mild concussion or serious injury to the brain that leaves someone in a coma are both examples of traumatic brain injuries. 

A brain injury occurs either as a:

  • Penetrating brain injury, which involves a break in the skull and is often referred to as an open head injury

  • Closed brain injury, in which the skull is not penetrated or broken, but the brain's blood vessels and tissues may be bruised due to rapid or violent movement of the head

Traumatic Brain Injuries Include Concussions and Catastrophic Brain Injury

Many people do not realize that a concussion is a form of TBI that can lead to long term health effects.  Accident victims who have suffered a concussion should be examined by a neurologist to ensure proper treatment and brain rest.  Post-concussion syndrome is a common result of car accident concussions and needs to be addressed appropriately by a team of medical professionals.  Your lawyer should assist you in securing such treatment and attention.

Catastrophic brain injury also is a form of TBI that requires special legal and medical expertise.  The long-term treatment and care requirements for such catastrophic injuries require experienced lawyers to secure the large recoveries necessary to protect the injured person going forward.  Your lawyer needs to have knowledge relating to brain treatment and life care, future medical needs, and medical requirements.  Such cases are usually heavily contested, which requires lawyers with experience, financial power, and willingness to go to trial to get what is needed to compensate for the devastating loss.

Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

The symptoms from a TBI may vary depending on the severity of the injury. Loss of consciousness is a primary sign of a traumatic brain injury, however some may experience feeling dazed for a few seconds or minutes. Other symptoms of TBIs include the following, according to the Cleveland Clinic:

  • Memory issues or confusion

  • Slurred speech

  • Headaches

  • Blurred vision or dilated pupils

  • Changes in mood or behavior

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Seizures or convulsions

  • Light sensitivity

  • Fatigue, fainting, or dizziness

  • Agitation or restlessness

  • Sleeping too little or too much

Some victims of traumatic brain injuries experience only mild symptoms that do not affect their daily routine, while others may suffer from symptoms that are debilitating or even deadly. The symptoms often depend on the type of TBI. Those who suspect they have a TBI or have been diagnosed may want to consider visiting with an Atlanta car accident attorney at Hall & Lampros, LLP for legal guidance and support.

Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries

There are several types of traumatic brain injuries a victim of a car accident may suffer. These include:

  • Concussions, which range from mild to severe and may result in lifelong damage

  • Coup-Contrecoup brain injury, which typically produces immediate symptoms and occurs when there is a substantial brain impact that causes the skull or brain to slam against the opposing side of the location where the impact initially occurred

  • Contusion, which is basically a bruise caused by mild bleeding beneath the skin and is similar to a concussion

  • Penetrating injury in which the skull and brain are penetrated by an object. Penetrating injuries require immediate treatment as they can be fatal

Other types of traumatic brain injuries include second impact syndrome and diffuse axonal injury or DAI, which can be fatal when connections in the brain are torn due to extremely violent movement of the head, making it impossible for the brain stem to keep up.

Car Accidents and TBI

There are countless ways in which a car accident could result in a traumatic brain injury regardless of how it took place. Whether struck from the side (t-bone accident) or in a head-on or rear-end collision, the head could suffer serious damage. Whiplash often occurs when the head snaps forward and backward quickly. A person’s head may be thrown into a side window, dashboard, or windshield at the moment the involved vehicles’ crash into each other. A shard of glass, piece of metal or steel, or other resulting debris can penetrate the skull and brain. TBIs are very common in car accidents. A front-end collision can snap the head with such violence it may result in a serious brain injury, and also include severe neck or back injuries.

Consider Scheduling a Consultation with Hall & Lampros, LLP

Car accidents happen every day in Georgia. Some are extremely serious, while others are minor and leave those involved uninjured. When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury due to another motorist’s negligence, the costs can be enormous depending on the severity of the injury. Medical costs, lost income, property damage, and the pain and suffering a victim experiences can be overwhelming. Those who need guidance or more information about traumatic brain injuries and car accidents may want to schedule a visit with Hall & Lampros, LLP at (404) 876-8100.

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Christopher Hall

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