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Types of Brain Injuries After a Car Accident

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The human brain, shielded by the skull, is a delicate organ, and any sudden trauma can result in a range of injuries. Car accidents are among the leading causes of brain trauma due to the amount of force that they can generate. Many types of brain injuries can occur in a motor vehicle collision, which vary in severity and can lead to a host of complications.

#1: Concussions

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury caused by a sudden jolt, bump, or blow to the head. This force causes the brain to shift inside the skull, potentially damaging brain cells. Symptoms often encompass headaches, confusion, dizziness, blurred vision, and temporary loss of consciousness. Although many concussions are mild, their effects can be serious and persistent if not addressed promptly.

#2: Skull Fractures

During a car accident, the impact can be severe enough to cause a skull fracture. Unlike other bones, the skull doesn’t flex when subjected to pressure. Skull fractures can vary based on the cause, severity, and position of the impact, ranging from linear to depressed fractures. These injuries can cause potential damage to the underlying brain and secondary complications, such as infections.

#3: Secondary Brain Injuries

Secondary brain injuries are indirect consequences of the initial trauma and can manifest hours or days after the accident. They may include complications such as intracranial pressure, brain swelling, and hematoma. 

Often, secondary brain injuries can be more dangerous than the primary injury, which is why it is crucial to seek medical attention right away. Early intervention could prevent dangerous complications.

#4: Penetrating Injuries

A car accident can generate so much force and velocity that objects inside and outside of the vehicle can pierce the skull, resulting in penetrating injuries. This type of brain trauma can be grave in nature, causing substantial damage to the brain tissues. Penetrating brain injuries often result in long-term impairments.

#5: Brain Contusions

Contusions are bruises on the brain that are caused by direct impact. They might heal independently, but some injuries require surgical intervention, depending on the severity. Symptoms of brain contusions may include confusion, dizziness, and periods of unconsciousness. 

#6: Coup-Contrecoup Injuries

During a car accident, the sudden jolt can cause the brain to move inside the skull. A coup injury occurs at the site of impact, while a contrecoup injury happens on the opposite side due to the brain rebounding. This dual injury can cause damage to multiple areas of the brain, complicating both diagnosis and treatment.

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If you or someone you know sustains a brain injury during a car accident, it is crucial to consult with a Seattle personal injury attorney from Colburn Law. Brain injuries can lead to hefty medical bills and can impair your ability to work and maintain a regular life. By filing a lawsuit or insurance claim, you can recover a settlement to help pay for these losses and help you regain financial stability.

A Seattle traumatic brain injury attorney can help navigate the intricate legal landscape and fight for your rightful compensation. After your accident, schedule a consultation with a lawyer to discuss your case and plan your next steps.