Head injuries are common in car accidents when the head slams against a part of the interior of the car. Injury may also occur when the brain is jostled inside the skull by a violent movement caused by the force of impact.
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Common Causes of Head Injuries
Head injuries can be caused by a blow to the head or by movement of the brain inside the skull. Common causes of head injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sports accidents
- Physical assault
Basic Types of Car Accident Head Injuries
There are many ways in which the head and brain can be injured in a car accident. The two main categories of injury are:
- Open head injuries: When the skull is fractured, and metal, glass, or bone fragments cause direct injury to the brain.
- Closed head injuries: Caused by blunt force impact to the head. Symptoms of closed head injuries may be delayed for hours, days, or longer after the accident.
Head Injuries Frequently Sustained in Car Accidents
Car accidents are one of the most common causes of head and brain injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that car accidents are a leading cause of concussions. Head injuries commonly suffered in car accidents include:
In a motor vehicle accident, a concussion may be caused by a direct blow to the head, by violent shaking, or by the type of head and neck movement that causes whiplash. Concussions are the most frequently sustained brain injury in car accidents.
This is a bruise on the brain, usually from direct impact to the head. Contusions frequently occur in car accidents when the head is hit by external objects, or when the driver’s head hits against the steering wheel or window. A large contusion may require surgery.
A strong rotation or shaking of the head can cause diffuse axonal. This occurs when the force of a collision stops the forward movement of the vehicle and the brain does not move at the same speed as the skull, causing tearing in the brain.
This medical condition involves contusions that form at the site of impact and on the opposite side of the brain. It occurs when a tremendous force of impact in a collision causes the brain to move inside the skull and injure the opposite side.
Penetration injuries are often fatal. They occur in car accidents when an external object, such as a metal fragment penetrates the skull, injuring the brain.
Get Legal Help after a Car Accident with Head Injuries
Traumatic brain injury sustained in a car accident can last for months, years, or a lifetime. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may require prolonged medical care, rehabilitation, and therapy. It is important to recover full and fair compensation for your injuries, so you can focus on recovering.
At The Law Offices of Willie D. Powells III and Associates, PLLC in Houston, you are not just another number. We will treat you as an individual and provide the attention and care your case deserves. We are always available to our clients by email, phone, or text.
Call us to schedule a free consultation if you have suffered head injuries in a car accident. Willie D. Powells is different – not your average attorney.