Being involved in an auto accident can result in many different injuries ranging in severity, but what is one of the most serious injuries you can sustain in a car accident? Traumatic brain injury.
A traumatic brain injury, commonly known as TBI, happens when a head injury disrupts the normal function of the brain. This head injury does not even have to actually penetrate the head—it could simply result from a bump, blow, or jolt as well.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes and traffic-related incidents were the second leading cause of TBI among all age groups. Individuals who suffered TBI in a motor vehicle accident also resulted in the largest percentage of TBI-related deaths. This is not surprising, as the head is extremely vulnerable to injury when a collision occurs.
When it comes to severe TBI, there are many effects that can be either short-term or long-term. In fact, the CDC reports that 43 percent of individuals hospitalized after a TBI have a related disability one year after the injury. A Los Angeles car accident victim with a TBI may face problems with:
- Attention, memory, and other cognitive functions
- Impaired coordination, lack of balance, weakness in extremities, and other motor functions
- Hearing, vision, perception, touch, and other sensations
- Changes in emotions, including depression, anxiety, and impulse control. Some TBI victims also endure complete changes in their personalities.
Victims of TBI can have a long road ahead of them, and some may never fully recover.
If you or a loved one sustained a brain injury because of a car accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to compensation for everything you have endured. Call the Los Angeles auto accident attorneys at the Law Office of John P. Rosenberg today for a free consultation at 818-716-6400 and request a FREE copy of our book, The 5 Worst Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Injury Claim.