The brain is the most complex organ in the body. Scientists argue that the brain may be the most complex system on earth. Its importance for the human body cannot be understated. Although the skull protects the brain, it is still vulnerable to injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are not uncommon during car accidents. Each year throughout the United States, including the New Orleans, area, there are approximately 1.7 million documented traumatic brain injuries.
Brain injuries typically come in two types, open and closed. Open head injuries are physically more obvious and can be catastrophic. They include instances where the skull itself has been fractured. Closed injuries can be less obvious, but they are usually not any less severe. Brain swelling or blood clots inside the brain, typically resulting from the brain impacting the inside of the skull are common results of a closed head injury.
While catastrophic traumatic brain injuries could lead to life-long disabilities, a coma or even death, even less serious brain injuries could lead to significant long-term difficulties. Unlike injuries to many other parts of the body, brain injuries are not always easy to diagnose. Common symptoms include dizziness, headaches, confusion or loss of memory or sluggishness and feeling unusually tired.
If you have been involved in a car accident involving a head injury, it may be in your best interest to speak with a personal injury lawyer. If it can be determined that another driver was at fault for the injury, you may be entitled to compensation. This could include lost wages, medical and rehabilitation costs as well as pain and suffering.
Source: Findlaw.com, "Brain Injury Overview," Accessed June 26, 2017