Head Injuries & Car Accidents: Our New Hampshire Attorneys Explain
When we think of injuries resulting from a car accident, we may think of broken bones or shattered tail lights. However, some of the most serious damage caused by a car accident is not immediately apparent.
An auto accident can cause a Traumatic Brain Injury. A TBI is caused by blunt trauma to the brain, which may happen when a person’s head strikes a car door, window or other object. However, TBIs can also occur when a sudden, disruptive motion causes the head to go back and forth or side to side rapidly. The motion causes the brain to collide with the inside of the skull, which causes bruising to the brain and impairs function – even without any contact with an external object.
Crash victims can sustain TBIs in:
- Rear-end collisions
- Head-on collisions
- T-bone accidents
- Single-vehicle collisions
Some possible symptoms of a TBI include:
A TBI can cause drastic shifts in personality, behavior and cognitive function. Common symptoms can include:
- Increased Fatigue
- Increased impulsiveness
- Impaired Memory
- Difficulty concentration
- Difficulty communicating (writing, speaking, etc.)
- Sensory issues (loss of smell, taste, issues hearing or seeing, etc.)
- Comatose state
After an accident, see a doctor. Even if you feel fine.
Depending on the severity of the injury, recovery might take days or years – and many brain injuries never truly heal. During that time, a person’s life is severely disrupted. A TBI can affect a person’s ability to work or wreak havoc on their interpersonal relationships, especially if that TBI is undiagnosed. That’s why it is imperative to see a licensed doctor immediately after an accident, and to follow up with them as needed. Even if the accident didn’t seem to be that bad, even if at that moment you feel fine, don’t risk it. Go see a doctor right away. TBI symptoms can take time to develop.
The talented legal team at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin have seen how a TBI can alter a person after a severe accident, and we know how to help. If you were involved in an accident in New Hampshire, get a personal injury lawyer who knows what you are going through and knows exactly how to help you.
Don’t wait, contact us today. We will work hard to help you get your life back.