The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 1.7 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year in the United States. Sadly, severe motor vehicle collisions commonly result head injuries, especially during highway travel. The leading cause of traffic-related death and disability in the United States is from traumatic brain injuries. Sadly, these types of injuries often change the accident victim’s life forever. North Carolina motorists involved in serious traffic collisions must be sure to seek medical care immediately following a crash.
Head injuries are linked to a number of different types of accidents, even those which do not occur on the North Carolina roads and highways. For instance, slips and fall traumas are cited as an additional leading contributor to traumatic brain injuries in the U.S. There are currently 5.3 million people in the U.S. living with some kind of long-term disability after sustaining a head injury. TBI can leave many accident victims unable to perform even the most simple daily tasks and activities.
When a serious accident occurs, those passenger occupants involved may not show any perceptible symptoms indicating any type of brain or head damages. However, many of the most serious types of head injuries reveal little to no symptoms. The head injury information below will shed light on the importance of medical care as well as the various types of head injuries possible.
If you or a loved one has suffered from any type of head injury following an auto accident, Lewis & Keller is prepared to take on your case today. With years of experience in auto accident litigation, our North Carolina personal injury lawyers provide unmatched compassion and legal knowledge.
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Head Injury Information
Auto accidents involving any type of head damage are far more common than many North Carolina residents believe. While concussions are the most commonly seen head injury following a crash, there are a number of far more severe injuries that require immediate and thorough medical attention. Head injuries are often broken into one of two categories, open or closed. Closed head injury indicates a situation where the skull was not cracked, whereas an open head injury means that the damage penetrated the skull.
The following head injury information outlines the most commonly seen damages following a motor vehicle crash:
These types of damages indicate that a hematoma or blood clot is formed, which is caused by the entrapment of blood in a small region of the brain. This trapping of blood caused immense pressure in the brain, increasing in the epidural space and causing the clot to push against the brain. For this type of brain damage, surgery is usually required.
When blood clots form that apply pressure to the brain tissue, a tearing or bleeding takes place on the veins crossing the subdural area of the brain. This type of damage may actually be found on the opposite side of where the accident impact occurred. Surgery is sometimes successful in fixing this issue.
Diffuse Axonal Injury
Often called a shear injury, this type of head damage is devastating. When a severe impact is endured, the victim in this case suffers from serious damages to the axons in the brain. This kind of injury often leaves the accident victim in a comatose state due to the inability to send message from the brain cells to perform activities. No surgery is currently available to fix this damage and, sadly, patients rarely are able to recover on their own.
There are a variety of different types of skull fractures that are common outcomes of a serious motor vehicle collision. Some of the most common include:
- Basilar Skull Fractures
- Diastasis Skull Fractures
- Penetrating Skull Fractures
- Open or Closed Skull Fractures
- Stellate Fractures or Linear Fractures
- Depressed Skull Fractures
Bleeding within the skull is referred to ask intracranial bleeding. These are often some of the most dangerous of head injuries, as the symptoms linked to intracranial bleeding are largely imperceptible. Injuries such as this one highlight the importance of seeking immediate medical care from a healthcare professional following a North Carolina crash.
Contact an Experienced Winston-Salem Lawyer Today
Lewis & Keller has proudly served the state of North Carolina for many, many years. During this time, our compassionate legal staff has developed an unmatched skill set for personal injury litigation. We dedicate our time and energy to ensuring that all of our clients feel as comfortable as possible during this difficult time. The above head injury information has made it clear that auto accidents can truly change one’s life forever. With our guidance, we will make this process as seamless and straightforward as possible.
If you or a loved one has suffered from head injuries after a crash, let our Greensboro auto accident lawyers handle your case today. With offices located in both Winston-Salem and Greensboro, we happily provide professional legal services to the entire state of North Carolina.
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