It is not uncommon to suffer a brain injury in a car accident. This can range from minor brain injury to a much more serious brain injury. A brain injury sustained in a car accident can also affect other parts of the body and may result in a physical disability.
Seek Medical Attention Immediately to Rule out a Serious Injury
Brain injuries sustained in a car accident can often be more serious than is first thought. It is often the case that when a brain injury has occurred as the result of a car accident, symptoms of the brain injury can take some time to become apparent. Signs of a brain injury having been sustained in a car accident can include such things as concussion to brain stem injury to brain trauma.
It is common for symptoms of a brain injury suffered as a result of a car accident to also change or affect the behaviour patterns of the person with the brain injury. It is not unusual for a person who has sustained a brain injury in a car accident to experience memory loss, tiredness, difficulty in concentrating or a personality change. These changes may be temporary in nature over a short or long period of time, or may be permanent.
You do not have to be travelling at a high rate of speed to sustain a brain injury in a car accident. Brain injury can occur in a car accident that happens at a relatively low speed. It is not the case that a brain injury is only sustained in a car accident as a result of hitting the head on the steering wheel, windshield or other interior of the car.
Injuries following a Brain Injury can go Undetected
It is not uncommon for a person to sustain a brain injury in a car accident and appear fine immediately following the car accident. However, often within a short period of time following the car accident the person may start to become confused. It is not unknown for the person who has suffered a brain injury in a car accident to lapse into a coma some considerable time after the car accident has happened.
It is important to understand that there may not be lacerations to the head and the skull need not necessary be fractured in a car accident for a brain injury to have been sustained. A brain injury can be sustained in a car accident as a result of the force that is imparted to the brain causing it to impact against the inside of the skull. When a head that is in motion is quickly stopped the brain will continue in the movement and will strike the interior of the skull. This is what often causes the brain injury in a car accident.
Brain injury sustained in a car accident will often occur in the part of the brain that is closest to the point of impact. Thus in a car accident the brain injury is quite often sustained to the tips of the frontal and temporal lobes. However, if a moving head is hit against a fixed part of the vehicle in a car accident then brain injury can also be sustained directly opposite to the site of the trauma experienced. At the time of impact in the car accident the part of the brain opposite to the site of impact is pulled away from the skull, and thus the brain injury is sustained there.
Rehabilitation following a Car Accident
It is imperative that to make as full a recovery as is possible following a brain injury sustained in a car accident that the proper care is sought and given. There is a range of treatment available for a brain injury that has been sustained in a car accident and this may well include brain injury rehabilitation. Such treatment can take time, and in the more severe cases the brain injury sustained in a car accident may be permanent.
It is common that following a brain injury sustained in a car accident that many other losses are incurred in addition to the health of the person concerned. For instance as a result of the car accident and brain injury incurred there may be a need to take time off work or even early retirement. There may also be a need for regular care and assistance in doing everyday tasks, expenditure on medication or treatment, and additional expenses such as travelling costs.
Contact Specialist Car Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident that has resulted in brain injury it may be possible to claim compensation.
Compensation in the form of damages cannot give medical miracles. It can however be used to provide help for the person suffering a brain injury due to a car accident, as well as assisting those family members affected.
If you would like to discuss a possible claim please contact HeadInjuryUK who are specialist brain injury solicitors. HeadInjuryUk solicitors will be able to offer you further free advice and information on claiming compensation.