Sudden deceleration is a common reason for injury in many traffic accidents. It is perhaps most prevalent in head-on collisions, but rapid deceleration occurs in many other types of car wrecks as well.
This is one reason why traumatic brain injuries occur in certain car crashes. In the initial collision between two vehicles, or between a vehicle and a stationary object, the soft tissue of the brain continues to move, often striking the inside of the skull with such impact that bruising and/or bleeding occurs.
Brain Injuries and Their Long-term Impact
Concussions certainly vary in their degree of severity, but at the very least, they disrupt the brain’s normal activity for anywhere from hours to weeks, or longer. As a result, the full impact of brain injuries is not always readily apparent at first. For example, in approximately five percent of head trauma cases, epilepsy eventually develops, according to the Stanford Epilepsy Center. Epileptic seizures are somewhat more common in the young and the elderly, and they may occur as much as 20 years after the initial accident.
Caution In Settling Brain Injury Cases
It is therefore advisable to enter into final insurance settlements with great care and caution when a brain injury occurs. Given the unknowns related to concussions and other traumatic brain injuries, it is often advisable to seek the expertise of an attorney focused on relevant areas of personal injury law. Working with legal counsel may limit the odds of a premature insurance settlement that undervalues the true extent of the injury.
When you or a family member suffers a brain injury, it is possible to discuss possible personal injury claims in a no-cost consultation with a personal injury lawyer. To ask your questions, or to learn more, please contact us.