Car Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Although there are many careful drivers on the roads, there are just as many – if not more – dangerous drivers operating vehicles at any given moment. Whether an accident is caused by a distracted driver, mechanical failures, or bad weather, car crashes can be devastating and deadly. Common injuries sustained during car accidents vary depending on the severity of the crash, but one frequent effect that can be very difficult to recover from is a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries can be classified as mild or severe, but both could result in lasting effects such as dizziness, headaches, forgetfulness, or changes in personality.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Technically, the potential for traumatic brain injuries is present in any situation in which an individual suffers a blow to the head that fractures or penetrates the skull. Alarmingly, however, a victim of a TBI could look and behave completely fine at the time of the accident only to die hours or days later due to complications of an undiagnosed TBI. This makes being aware of the common symptoms of traumatic brain injury that much more important. The following are some of the common symptoms of TBI:

  • Leaking spinal fluid from the ears or nose
  • Unconsciousness
  • Changes in vision or hearing, including a ringing in the ears
  • Dizziness
  • Paralysis
  • Respiratory failure
  • Coma
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty speaking or thinking clearly
  • Body numbness or tingling

This is by no means an exhaustive list of possible symptoms, so if you or a loved one has been in an accident involving a head injury, you should seek medical help immediately.

Contact a Massachusetts Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you or someone you know has suffered from a traumatic brain injury during a car accident, you may be eligible for compensation. Call the offices of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, at (617) 426-4488 today to see how we can help you.