The average human brain weighs 3 pounds, has the consistency of soft gelatin, and has thousands of nerve fibers. It is protected by shock absorbing fluid and a bony skull. While this protection is effective for mild bumps to the head, it is inadequate for coping with the violent impacts and shock forces encountered in car accidents. Injury can occur directly to the brain’s nerve fibers and indirectly from the rupture of its blood vessels. Further damage is caused by trauma induced inflammation of the brain tissue.
How Brain Injuries Occur In Car Accidents
Injury to the brain can happen in a number of ways. The head of the motorist that is not restrained by a seat belt can impact hard surfaces within the car’s interior. Ejection from the car is also a possibility for the unrestrained motorist. When this happens the head can impact any number of objects including the road pavement itself.
A person’s head may also be struck by loose objects within the car such as tools, coffee mugs, or suitcases. When the head rest is adjusted too low (at neck level) the head can suffer a hard whiplash motion. Brain injury can occur from this if the whiplash is sufficiently violent. Rapid acceleration and deceleration may cause the brain to injure itself against the inside of the skull.
Common Brain Injury Symptoms
- Memory problems
- Ringing in the ears
- Blurred vision
- Incoherent speech
- Sleep disturbances
Recovery And Possible Long Term Problems
A brain injury’s severity can be determined by how long the person remains unconscious. Less than 30 minutes of unconsciousness indicates the injury is mild and complete recovery is likely. When unconsciousness is between 30 minutes and 24 hours the injury is moderate while longer periods indicate a severe brain injury. Recovery from a severe injury takes a very long time and sometimes the damage is permanent.
Permanent brain damage can lead to other health issues later in life. The victim has a higher risk of getting seizures which if not controlled can shorten life expectancy. If the injury affects the appetite or immobilizes the victim, then health problems related to a chronic poor diet or physical inactivity can shorten his or her life. The severely brain-damaged person is also more prone to Parkinson’s disease or dementia later in life.
The consequences of a brain injury can sometimes last a lifetime. If you or someone close to you has suffered traumatic brain injury because of the actions of another motorist, you should not have to bear the physical, emotional, medical, and occupational costs alone. An experienced Ladera Ranch injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve. Don’t rely on insurance alone. For more information and a free consultation with Silverthorne Attorneys, contact us today.