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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

TBI Following Car Accident

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI can dramatically impact your life and your family, resulting in permanent disability, personality changes, and possibly a lifetime of care. Unfortunately, TBI can be hard to prove following a car accident.

TBI is often divided into two different categories--open head injury and closed head injury. In open head injury, your skull is cracked by impact with the car, an object in the car, or after ejection from the car. In closed head injury, injury to the brain is caused without visible damage to the skull. This is the most common cause of TBI, and can happen even if your head doesn't strike anything in the car accident. 

All that is necessary for closed head injury is the dramatic acceleration and/or deceleration caused by the impact. This causes the brain to strike the skull. Once impact occurs, bleeding or swelling in the brain can increase the pressure in the skull, choking off the blood supply in the brain, depriving your brain of oxygen, which can result in serious brain damage or death in minutes.

Minor TBI is also commonly caused by car accidents. Minor TBI, also called a concussion, may not result in a loss of consciousness. There may be no visible injury on an x-ray or CT scan, and there may be few symptoms at the time of the accident. However, even minor TBI can be life-changing, especially when aggravated by another minor TBI.

If you have suffered a TBI in a car accident, you may need the help of an experienced lawyer to help you get compensation adequate to your injuries. To learn whether we can help you, please contact The Cochran Firm today for a free case evaluation.

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