Being in a serious car accident can lead to many types of severe injuries, from broken bones to internal bleeding. One common injury that results from major car accidents is head injuries, which can range from mild concussions to an injury extreme enough to cause a coma or even brain death. According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, car accidents caused up to 17% of the total TMI (Traumatic Brain Injury) deaths in the state in 2019.
If you’ve been involved in an accident, it is imperative that you seek medical treatment as soon as you possibly can, even if you think you feel fine. Head injuries can be tricky to diagnose because symptoms of the injury may not be immediately apparent. It can take days or weeks for the injury to cause any symptoms. Additionally, TBIs don’t always show up on scans or MRIs, so doctors would have to conduct a neuropsychological exam to help form a diagnosis, and the sooner they can do this, the better.
Being in a car accident can be scary and upsetting, and receiving a head injury on top of that would only make it worse. If you or a loved one has been in a car accident in North Carolina that has resulted in a severe head injury, contact an experienced North Carolina car accident attorney today.
A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) happens when there is a violent blow or jolt to the head, which can lead to bruising, torn tissues, or loss of consciousness, or even amnesia. In a car crash, a TBI can happen when the victim’s head strikes something at great force, such as the steering wheel or the windshield.
Additionally, studies have shown that someone who suffers from whiplash is also at an increased risk for a TBI, so it is still possible to receive a TBI even without a direct strike to the head.
TBIs are generally sorted into four different types: concussions, contusions, anoxic, and penetrating injuries.
Concussions are generally considered to be mild brain injuries. They are often caused by shaking, a direct impact, or a sudden change in movement, like whiplash.
Concussions typically don’t show up on head scans but are still considered serious. Concussions can cause symptoms such as memory loss, a lack of concentration, headaches, or confusion.
Contusions of the brain are similar to bruises that we receive to our skin. However, when we receive a bruise on our skin, the breaking of the blood vessels causes discoloration, and generally nothing more. A bruise to the brain can cause serious issues, generally stemming from a buildup in pressure as blood accumulates in the skull.
Contusions can range in severity, like concussions, and symptoms can range from disorientation and temporary memory loss to brain swelling and more serious long-term effects.
These brain injuries occur when the brain does not get enough oxygen for an extended amount of time. After about 4 or 5 minutes without enough oxygen, brain cells begin to die, and that’s when permanent injury to functioning will occur.
Penetrating brain injuries occur when an object pierces the skull and comes into direct contact with the brain. This contact between the foreign object and the brain can cause devastating injuries. While all brain injuries have the possibility of being severe, these types of injuries are usually the most severe.
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If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident that caused a severe head injury, contact an attorney from the law offices of Auger & Auger. At Auger & Auger, we have been serving the Charlotte and surrounding communities for over 20+ years and will continue to fight for our clients to ensure they receive the best possible outcome available to them in their car accident cases.
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