Brain Injuries from Car Accidents

Columbus Auto Accident Attorney

Brain injuries are possibly the most debilitating injuries you can sustain. Some brain injuries may require long-term or permanent care, and they may forever impact your ability to live the life you desire. Car accidents are the second most frequent cause of traumatic brain injury, and the leading cause of traumatic brain injury-related death.

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in a car accident, a lawyer can help you put some or all of the cost of the injury on the person responsible for the accident. For help in Columbus, Ohio, please call 614-438-2672 or email Anthony Castelli for a free initial consultation.

How Car Accidents Cause Brain Injuries

In a car accident, your body is subjected to tremendous forces. Safety equipment like seat belts and airbags keep you from striking your head against the steering wheel or other surfaces in the car interior, but they only provide limited protection from the most common cause of brain injury.

When your body decelerates suddenly, your brain rushes forward, striking the inside of your skull, then rebounds and strikes the back of your skull. This results in a type of injury called coup-countrecoup, which can cause both primary and secondary brain injury.

Primary brain injury is when your brain is bruised, cut, or torn. This type of injury may be immediately noticeable, but it may also hours after the car accident to show. It is often worse in open head brain injury or penetrating brain injury, where the brain is punctured or severely bruised.

Secondary brain injury occurs as a result of swelling or bleeding in the brain. This can put pressure on your brain, compressing the blood vessels, which then starves your brain of oxygen. Secondary brain injury may be evident minutes, hours, or days after the car accident. Secondary brain injury is often worse in closed head brain injury, when there is no visible sign of injury and no way to relieve pressure.

Brain Injury Symptoms

The impact of your brain injury may depend on how quickly you identify it and get treatment. After your car accident, watch for these symptoms:

  • Dizziness
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Communication difficulties
  • Fatigue, exhaustion, or lack of motivation
  • Mood changes, especially depression
  • Problems sleeping
  • Seizures
  • Sensory problems

If you or a loved one experiences these symptoms following your car accident, you should immediately seek medical attention.

Why Get a Lawyer’s Help for Brain Injury Compensation

A brain injury is not only one of the most serious injuries you can experience, but it’s also one of the most unpredictable. It can be hard to understand the impact your injury will have on your future life, including your ability to work, your need for care, and your ability to enjoy the activities that make life worth living. A lawyer can help you get compensation that can allow you to move on after your car accident.

Anthony Castelli’s 5 Fundamentals of Uncompromising Advocacy ensure that he will properly assess your injuries and fight for the full compensation you may be due after your car accident. He promise you will be treated with respect and  his representation will focus on you and your needs.

For a free initial consultation with a car accident attorney in Columbus, Ohio, please contact Anthony Castelli today for an appointment.