The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs reports that over 36,000 people were injured in Alabama motor vehicle accidents in 2010. In severe accidents, it is not uncommon for vehicle occupants to sustain a brain injury. A brain injury can be a traumatic event not only for the accident victim but also their family members. Oftentimes, brain injuries are life-changing experience for the accident victim. Brain injuries can ranges in severity from a mild injury such as a concussion to severe injury like a coma.
If you or a loved one sustained a brain injury in a motor vehicle accident, you may have grounds for legal action. Contact an Alabama auto accident attorney today to learn about the legal rights available to injury victims.
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Causes of Brain Injuries
A brain injury can defined as sudden head trauma that causes neurological damage. Each year, there are approximately 1.5 million brain injuries, about 80,000 of these injuries cause permanent disability. Nearly half of all brain injuries are the result of motor vehicle crashes. Some other causes of brain injuries include sports injuries, firearm-related injuries and medical malpractice.
Types of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can be divided into five categories; these different types of injuries range in their level of severity. These injuries include recurrent traumatic brain injuries, diffuse axonal injuries, coup-contrecoup injuries contusions and concussions.
Recurrent Traumatic Brain Injuries
When an individual sustains multiple brain injuries, this is referred to a recurrent traumatic brain injuries. The severity of the successive impacts is magnified, resulting in severe impairment of neurological and cognitive functions. Typically, recurrent traumatic brain injuries are sports-related.
Diffuse axonal injuries (DAI) are widespread, rather than focal. A DAI injury can occur in any type of brain injury, regardless of the severity of the injury, it usually is a factor in the patient’s state of consciousness.
When the head come in contact with an object, this type of brain injury is referred to as a coup brain injury. While a countercoup brain injury is when the injury takes place on the opposite side of impact.
When the brain tissue is bruised it is called a contusion.
A concussion is temporary unconsciousness that was the result of a blow to the head.
If you suffered a brain injury in a car accident, contact Citrin Law Firm today to discuss your legal options.
Symptoms of a Brain Injury
Symptoms of a brain injury will depend on the severity of the injury. Individuals with a mild brain injury may experience symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, headaches, blurry vision, confusion and difficulty concentrating.
Injury victims that have sustained a severe injury might exhibit the following symptoms:
- Memory loss
- Abnormal speech
- Unconsciousness of an extended period, generally longer than 30 minutes
- Emotional irritability
If you experience any of the symptoms above, you need to seek medical attention immediately.
Contact a Mobile Brain Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury due to another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Accident victims may be able to recover damages for current and future medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages associated with the collision. Contact a brain injury attorney today for a legal consultation.
At Citrin Law Firm, we offer all injury victims a free initial legal consultation. During this consultation we will review the facts of the collision and then advise you on the best legal remedy to pursue.
Our attorneys and staff are dedicating to fighting for the rights of injured individuals. Over the years, we have helped numerous clients receive favorable outcomes for their legal claims.
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