Any head trauma sustained in a car accident has the potential to be devastating. Often the damage may cause life-long problems.
“One of the most common injuries sustained in car accidents is traumatic brain injury. The skull is a tough nut to crack, but the brain inside is another story. If the force applied to the head is sufficient enough, the brain inside is knocked about like peas in a tin can. The brain then slams from one side to the other, hitting the skull and bruising. This, as you may well imagine, may cause severe and permanent brain injuries,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P.
In examining police reports, there is one thing that stands out, and that is that there are certain kinds of car accidents that are noted to cause brain injuries – more so than other accidents. “Accidents where the occupants of a car have been broadsided, T-boned, or hit head-on usually result in head trauma just because of the way the bodies are slammed around inside the vehicle on impact. In rear-enders, you will usually get neck and back injuries,” Schuelke said.
The first signs of brain injury generally manifest themselves in the form of dizziness and headaches. Even a mild knock on the head has been known to make someone lose their ability to concentrate. Some people will not be able to do their usual routine things and may also be plagued by memory loss and depression.
The more severe the head trauma, the more severe the condition the victim is in. “For example, brain bruising, skull fractures and nerve damage may really cause havoc for the person. They may have seizures or slip into a coma. In other words, the force of the trauma has an impact on the victim’s prognosis,” Schuelke said. “Those with severe bruising may be unable to speak or be paralyzed and will certainly be affected by their condition for the rest of their lives.”
For people who have been in accidents that have rendered them unable to cope with their lives because of traumatic brain injury, make the first call for help to a competent and experienced Austin personal injury lawyer. Cases like this need skilled legal representation, as a victim’s whole future rides on the outcome of the court case. With the aggressive representation offered by an Austin personal injury lawyer, victims may be assured that they will get the justice and compensation they deserve to be able to get on with their lives.
Contact Perlmutter & Schuelke PLLC at https://www.civtrial.com or (512) 476-4944.
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