Brain trauma is one of the most common types of injuries associated with car accidents. In 2010, approximately 2.5 million Americans suffered brain trauma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
However, not all head injuries are brain injuries. To be classified as a traumatic brain injury, the incident must cause a disruption in the regular function of the brain. Most concussions are examples of mild brain injuries.
If severe, these injuries can impact a car-accident victim’s life, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks and impossible to work. If a negligent driver was to blame for such an injury, the victim could file a civil lawsuit against that driver to seek compensation.
At Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin, P.C. in Boston, we are dedicated to helping negligent-driving victims exercise their rights to receive compensation. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious brain injury in a car crash, a personal-injury lawyer help you decide if a lawsuit is the right next step. Call us at (617) 698-6000.
- Even a Minor Traumatic Brain Injury Can Lead to Serious Problems
Until recently, most doctors thought that only serious brain injuries could result in lasting cognitive problems, but researchers have recently proven otherwise. FOX News reports that a study focused on people who had mild to moderate brain injuries and found that many suffered ongoing problems due to lasting brain damage. According to the results, even people who fall victim to mild brain traumas can suffer from memory and speech problems.
- Symptoms Don’t Always Include a Headache
Many people don’t address their injuries after a car accident because they don’t feel that their head has been harmed. However, a traumatic brain injury can manifest in many symptoms.
The Mayo Clinic advises that it’s common to feel excessive fatigue and nausea after a brain injury. Also, many people begin to feel disoriented, have difficulty sleeping or sleep more than they usually would. Any change in behavior or physical wellbeing after a crash could indicate a serious injury, so it’s important to seek medical care–even if it doesn’t seem necessary at first.
- Brain Injuries Can lead to Many Complications
The brain is complicated, and depending on what part is affected, the results can be very serious. For instance, it’s common for serious brain injuries to result in comas or vegetative states.
Seizures are also common after injuries and can become chronic, which is known as “post-traumatic epilepsy.” In very serious cases, brain death or locked-in syndrome can develop. A locked-in state is characterized as full awareness without the ability to move or speak.
Whether you’ve suffered a severe, traumatic brain injury or a mild one, a personal-injury lawyer can help you seek justice from the negligent driver that caused the accident. We can arrange free consultations during the day and on weekends. To speak with a personal-injury lawyer in Boston about your injury, call us at (617) 698-6000.