Automotive Brain Injury Lawyers in Washington, DC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 17.3% of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are caused by traffic accidents – second only to falls. Depending on the type and severity of the TBI, the symptoms of a brain injury may not become apparent until weeks or months after the initial car accident.
Types of Brain Injuries
Two kinds of TBI’s are penetrating injuries and closed-head injuries. A car accident can cause either of these injury types. A penetrating head injury occurs when a foreign object physically enters the skull; a closed-head injury involves a blunt-forced blow to the skull, or any other force being applied to the brain. You do not necessarily need to hit your head to suffer a brain injury. For example, in a rear-end collision your head could be thrown forward, and thrown back, causing your brain to collide with the skull, causing a TBI.
Primary & Secondary Damage
Primary brain damage is acquired at the time of the accident. This might include a skull fracture, laceration, nerve damage, or bruising of the brain. Secondary damage caused by a TBI is usually not evident at the time of the accident and can evolve after the brain suffers primary damage. Secondary damage includes:
- Swelling of the Brain (Edema)
- Low Blood Pressure
- High Blood Pressure
- Infection (Intracranial)
Other problems one might experience include memory loss, hearing loss, permanent ear damage (such as ringing in the ears), difficulty with attention and concentration, migraine headaches, nausea, blurry vision, loss of smell, loss of tastes, difficulty balancing, and fatigue.
Auto Accidents & Headrests
A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association revealed that, overall, headrests (also called head restraints) are an effective way to minimize whiplash during a car accident. Although headrests can effectively prevent some injuries, a head restraint will not always prevent a TBI.
Work with Our Team for Strong Legal Guidance After a Car Accident
Contact Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C. if your or someone you love suffered a brain injury in a car accident. You may be entitled to financial compensation if your accident was caused by someone else’s carelessness or negligence. Our DC brain injury attorneys are here to help, so call our office today and schedule a free consultation.