Head and Brain Injuries After an Accident
Car crashes and collisions are unfortunately a common occurrence in South Carolina and throughout the United States. Regardless of how minor the initial incident, serious injuries can result after an accident. Head and brain injuries are among the most frequent type of car accident injuries suffered after an accident. While the ramifications can be severe, the symptoms are often hard to detect. In this article, we’ll explain what you need to know about head and brain injuries and the steps you should take after an accident to seek compensation for your injuries as needed.
Head and Brain Injuries After An Accident
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), head and brain injuries are a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. These kinds of injuries commonly arise after an accident. Of the estimated 2.5 million head injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms each year, more than one third occurred as the result of motor vehicle crashes and collisions.
These types of car accident injuries can happen due to any abrupt bump, blow, or jolt to the head. They are common when struck by another vehicle, as the force of even a minor accident can cause your head to either whip back and forth or to hit the dashboard or some other object in your vehicle. Even minor impacts and “fender benders” can result in the following types of injuries after an accident:
- Contusions, or bleeding with the brain
- Skull fractures
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI), which disrupts normal brain functioning
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Symptoms of a Head and Brain Injury After an Accident
While the symptoms of a skull fracture or contusion may be immediately obvious, concussions and TBI may go unnoticed. Failing to get the medical treatment you need for these injuries after an accident can be dangerous — and in some cases life threatening. While symptoms can take days or even weeks to appear, it is important to seek treatment immediately after an accident if this type of injury is suspected. Signs of potentially serious head and brain injuries include the following:
- Loss of consciousness
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
- Nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty remembering details of the accident
- Problems with speech or understanding what others are saying
- Difficulty walking or moving
- Problems with vision or hearing
Long term symptoms of head and brain injuries can occur for up to a year after an accident include recurring headaches and neck pain, sensitivity to lights and sounds, changes in sleep patterns, personality changes, and mood disorders — including fits of anger or depression. Regardless of when your injury is diagnosed or becomes apparent, it is important to get the professional help you need to recover.
Get Help From a South Carolina Car Accident Attorney
If you or someone you care for is involved in a car accident, contact Anastopoulo Law Firmright away. Our experienced South Carolina car accident attorneys understand the potentially serious injuries that can occur after even minor accidents. We provide the aggressive legal representation you needed to help hold responsible drivers accountable, and we can assist you in getting the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries.