Traumatic brain injuries are among the most serious types of injuries accident victims sustain. They are the result of the victim suffering a serious blow to the head or cranial area from another object at great speed or from colliding with a fixed object at great force.
The resulting compression on the skull often results in the pressurization of the skull cavity which then may result in a fracture of the skull itself. Once the skull is compromised, the brain tissue is then significantly more vulnerable to damage, which often occurs in this type of injury.
Did you know that based on statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.5 million people sustain a TBI each year in the United States; 50,000 people die; 235,000 are hospitalized; and 1.1 million are treated and released from an emergency department?
These types of injuries can be life changing events that can not only affect the injury victim, but also the lives of family members, loved ones and other dependents.
Choosing an attorney that has the experience and resources to work for victims of traumatic brain injuries and aggressively fight for their rights is an important step in the recovery process.
How Traumatic Brain Injury Accidents Happen
Car, truck and motorcycle accidents may result in brain injury due to a significant force striking the head and causing brain damage. For example, a driver or passenger’s head may be slammed against the windshield or another object with great force or into a door pillar after being hit in a side impact collision.
It’s this type of blunt trauma that can result in damage to the brain and affect it’s ability to function. While the damage can be from the actual impact, another form of damage can come from the lack of oxygen being supplied to the brain. This is known as an “anoxic brain injury”.
These injuries many only be temporary in some instances, however, in many others it can result in permanent damage to the brain.