Did you know that more than half of all of the reported TBIs in the United States are the result of an automobile accident? A TBI can happen in any situation in which a force penetrates or fractures the skull or when the brain suddenly moves forward and backward.
When an incident like this happens, the long-term impacts on the accident victim can be overwhelming. Family members may be required to step in and help. The victim may not be fully able to return to work in any capacity. This has ripple effects throughout the family.
These actions are very common during a vehicle accident. When the skull strikes the windshield or the steering wheel, this can lead to a fracture or a penetration injury. There could be an open wound to the skull as a result of an auto accident but this is not required for someone to develop a TBI. The sheer force of such an accident can cause the brain to collide against the internal bones of the skull. Blunt trauma is a more severe type of head injury that can also happen when you strike a stationary object when an open wound may be sustained.
When a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury occurs because of a serious accident, debilitating injuries can impact a victim’s way of life. There are many different factors that need to be evaluated to figure out how this will influence the victim’s life long term and what he or she should do to protect their interests.
A personal injury claim filed against the responsible party may be the only way for a victim to recover full and fair compensation. Because TBIs are notoriously difficult and expensive to treat, health insurance alone may not cover the full range of injuries sustained by a person. This is why hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer is the only way to figure out what parties could be held accountable for their actions in the accident and what type of compensation may be available to an injured party who has sustained a TBI.