Head Injuries Caused by Traumatic Accidents
The CDC estimates that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are one of the country’s most common sources of disability and fatal injury, playing a role in roughly 30% of all deaths from injury. Slip-and-fall accidents and motor vehicle accidents are two of the most common ways that Americans incur injuries to their head and brain. Victims of these sorts of accidents may be eligible for compensation when others are responsible for their head injuries. Read on to learn important facts about concussions – the most common form of TBI – and speak with a Kentucky personal injury lawyer if you’ve suffered a concussion in a car wreck or other accident.
Concussions occur when victims experience a sudden and violent jolt or blow from an object or surface. While the fluid between the brain and skull absorbs the typical bumps or shocks that the brain experiences on a regular basis, a concussion occurs when the force applied to the head is too intense for the cerebrospinal fluid to absorb the blow. The brain is slammed against the walls of the skull in the accident, and the resulting damage or disturbance in function results in the symptoms of the concussion. The CDC has found that 40% of all brain injuries annually are caused by falls, and that being struck by a blunt object and car accidents are the next two most common causes of brain injury.
Symptoms of concussions
A mild TBI victim can expect to suffer symptoms such as:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Trouble forming words
- Difficulty concentrating or accessing memory
- Post-concussion syndrome
About 10% of all concussion patients can expect to develop post-concussion syndrome. While most concussion symptoms abate within a matter of weeks of the injury, individuals with post-concussion syndrome will experience symptoms for an average of three months after the initial injury. In some patients, these symptoms will last for up to one year. The occurrence of post-concussion syndrome is not correlated with the severity of the initial concussion; in other words, even those whose initial concussions were mild are at equal risk to develop post-concussion syndrome.
While doctors are not certain why post-concussion syndrome occurs, some experts attribute the condition to a disturbance in the brain’s ability to use neurotransmitters after the damaging accident. Studies have shown that women, older adults, and those whose brain injury resulted from trauma are more likely to develop post-concussion syndrome after an accident.
If you’ve experienced a brain injury such as a concussion in a Kentucky auto or motorcycle accident, contact the knowledgeable, seasoned, and experienced Georgetown personal injury lawyer Jeremy Mattox for an evaluation of your claim, at 502-867-6766.