The brain is the most delicate and complex organ in existence, and the control center that keeps the human body alive. Personality, memory, intellect, reasoning, and perception are all controlled by this indispensable collection of neurons and synapses – as well as the more vital processes of breathing and motor coordination. Any injury to this critical organ is thus one of the most dangerous results of a vehicle accident, regardless of the actual severity.
The human brain is as fragile as it is important. Great care is exercised to prevent damage to it, including the use of crash helmets made of fiberglass and aluminum that fighter pilots wear to ballistic nylon and plastic that covers a football player’s head. While we take great care to avoid brain injury, a serious automobile or motorcycle accident can occur anyway – often with disastrous consequences.
If you have suffered brain injuries in a vehicle accident, medical attention is absolutely imperative. The next step is to consult an experienced attorney who can protect your legal right to be compensated for your pain and suffering. Brain injuries can range from traumatic life-changing events to subtle effects that might not appear until months or years in the future. Understanding brain injuries can be difficult and confusing. Find an accident lawyer in your area by filling out the free case review form. Don’t miss the opportunity to be compensated for your suffering.
Traumatic Brain Injury
A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a severe injury to the vital processing center of the human body that can have dire consequences for the victim. Up to two million TBIs occur in the United States every year, and over 50% of those are caused by car accidents. Most TBIs occur when the head strikes something forcibly, causing severe and sometimes fatal complications.
Immediate medical treatment is vital to the victim’s chances of survival and recovery. A lack of oxygen to the brain for any period of time can cause irreparable damage to the delicate tissues needed to survive, and post-accident infection can also cause the victim to suffer severe brain trauma. Those who survive a Traumatic Brain Injury are often left disoriented, confused, and in a great deal of emotional and physical pain.
If you have sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury, you have suffered enough – physically, emotionally, and financially. Your time should be spent recovering, not straining to pay mounting medical bills. If you suspect that you suffer from a Traumatic Brain Injury, you have the right to collect damages to cover not only the cost of your expenses, but also to compensate you for the pain that you have suffered as a result.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Similar to a Traumatic Brain Injury is a milder form called a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. As the name implies, it is an injury that has less severe effects on the brain. Loss of consciousness, temporary amnesia, and disorientation are common signs of a MTBI after a vehicle accident, and double vision and splitting headaches are also symptoms of a MTBI. Even though many victims of vehicle accidents suffer MTBIs, they often do not know the symptoms, and even fewer know they need to be aware of the serious long term consequences of leaving a MTBI untreated.
Although many victims of MTBIs seem to recover properly, there are often real problems lurking just below the surface. Subtle but distinguishable symptoms arise. Research indicates that symptoms of victims of MTBIs can include behavior and attitude changes, lack of focus in school or work, lethargy, and reduction of balance and coordination. These serious concerns are not the immediate physical consequences of a MTBI, but rather long term problems that can seriously alter an individual and negatively affect his loved ones.
Don’t be afraid to seek the restitution you deserve. If someone in a motor vehicle has inflicted damage to your brain, no matter how slight the injury may appear, you deserve compensation for the pain that you have been forced to suffer. Delaying your actions could prevent you from getting the settlement you are entitled to. Don’t take chances with your body’s most important organ. Contact a lawyer in your area today.