Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common injury resulting from a serious Bucks County, PA car accident or a Mercer County, NJ car accident. Though many associate TBI only with war injuries, the fact is that car accidents are one of the three top causes of TBI. Car accidents are also considered the leading cause of brain injury-related deaths. The other two major causes of traumatic brain injury are falls and being struck by or colliding with a stationary or moving object, such as a windshield during an auto accident. More than 5.3 million Americans struggle with a long-term disability due to having suffered a TBI.
The types of car accidents that cause traumatic brain injury in Bucks County and Mercer County include:
Roll-over car accidents – When the vehicle turns upside down, occupants’ heads may hit the roof of the car or occupants may be thrown from side to side and be ejected from the vehicle, head-first, either through a side window or the front windshield.
Rear-end car accidents – If head hits steering wheel or dash board, the severe force can shake or disrupt the brain within the skull wall and cause the brain to become bruised.
Whiplash car accidents – Jolting of the head and neck due to quick deceleration causes nerve fibers to become twisted and stretched, leading to the death of brain cells. It is not necessary for the skull to be punctured in order for a TBI to occur.
High speed car accidents – The great impact to the head can leave the nerves in the brain permanently damaged.
If the brain hits the interior of the skull during impact in a Bucks County, PA car accident, bleeding can ensue. A brain bleed, also known as a brain hemorrhage, may not be visible immediately following the auto accident. This is dangerous for the car accident victim because the blood that is released from the brain begins to press on brain tissue. Eventually, this pressure will affect the auto accident victim’s brain function and can cause permanent damage or death.
A traumatic brain injury due to a car accident can result in hefty medical expenses, lost income, and much pain and suffering. If your car accident TBI was due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to collect damages. Contact an experienced Bucks County personal injury lawyer to learn more about your rights as an accident victim. The greater Philadelphia car accident injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC are knowledgeable and will guide you through the complex insurance claims process to recover the compensation you deserve.