Right after falls, auto accidents are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in the U.S.
Each year millions of Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries, either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries. According to the CDC, there were nearly 61,000 TBI-related deaths in 2019. Right after falls, car accidents are the second leading cause of TBI’s.
If you or a loved one have suffered from a TBI due to an auto accident, talk to our Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers today for a Free 24/7 consultation. Don’t talk to an insurance claims adjuster before speaking with The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. We can help you avoid making statements that may affect the outcome of your case.
What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries?
TBI’s are generally caused by a violent jolt or blow to the head or body, which is very common during an auto accident. A person’s head can contact the steering wheel, dashboard, window or be hit by a flying object.
Whiplash is a common cause because a person’s head is violently thrown backward and then forward due to the force from behind. The brain could strike the inside of the skull, resulting in a mild or moderate TBI.
Side impact, front-end collisions, and roll-over accidents all cause violent jolting of the body and the possibility of slamming into the interior parts of the vehicle. Any time the head is struck directly or jolted violently, head injuries can and often occur.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Any damage to the brain resulting from trauma is a traumatic brain injury. TBI’s are divided into three levels of injury:
- Mild TBI or Concussion is a mild and temporary condition resulting in a headache and possible issues with coordination, balance, memory, or judgment. After a short period of rest, most concussion victims fully recover. However, if a person suffers multiple mild concussions, they are more susceptible to more serious injuries if they have another head injury.
- Moderate TBI and post-concussion syndrome can sometimes last for a few months to a year or more. This means the victim may suffer mild TBI symptoms for a much longer period. This can lead to depression and anxiety issues.
- Severe TBI is caused by the brain moving within the skull and is harmed, known as a closed-injury TBI. Severe TBI can also include a penetrating TBI if a foreign object pierces the skull and brain tissue. Severe TBI’s typically lead to loss of consciousness and much more serious side effects, even death.
Contact our St. Louis Brain Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one have suffered a TBI in a car accident due to another’s reckless or negligent behavior, this may result in medical bills, lost wages, lost earning potential, and long-term medical treatment. At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C., our attorneys will help you understand your legal options and the best strategies for full and fair compensation from an auto accident or truck accident claim.
Free Consultation with a St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer
Don’t talk to an insurance claims adjuster before speaking with The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. We can help you avoid making statements that may affect the outcome of your case. The consultation is free; you don’t pay unless we get you money!