Car crashes often have lingering repercussions, some of which can haunt victims for the rest of their lives. Traumatic brain injuries are common consequences of car accidents, ranging from mild concussions to grave brain damage. The impact of a brain injury can last days or weeks or may have a permanent effect on a West Virginia resident's ability to be independent.
A traumatic brain injury is any damage sustained due to an external force, such as a car accident, that disrupts normal function of the brain. One of the most common types of brain injuries sustained in car accidents is the concussion. When a victim sustains a concussion, he or she may lose consciousness or feel dizzy afterward. A contusion is also possible in the event of a collision; this particular injury is a bruise, or bleeding, on the brain.
There are several other types of traumatic brain injuries, all of which can cause pain and suffering and require expensive medical treatment. Approximately 14 percent of all brain injuries are related to motor vehicle incidents. Victims likely require emergency care, some must be hospitalized and the most severe brain injuries can result in death. No matter the type or severity of a brain injury, victims deserve full physical and financial recoveries.
Car accidents can happen for many reasons, but when victims suffer brain injuries because of the negligence of other drivers, they have legal options. When a victim needs financial support after a car accident, it is important to have a lawyer who understands both the impact of traumatic brain injuries and the intricacies of personal injury law. These injuries should never go untreated, and West Virginia victims do not have to suffer through them alone.
Source: biausa.org, "About Brain Injury", Accessed on April 13, 2015