From loss of life to debilitating injuries, car accidents often have tragic consequences. Unfortunately, far too many of these crashes cause someone to suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Brain injuries can be extremely complicated and every one of them is unique. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, auto accidents are the third leading cause of traumatic brain injuries and the second largest cause of deaths involving a TBI. The CDC also points out that every year, more than 2 million brain injuries are treated in the United States, some of which are the result of a car accident caused by a drunk or reckless driver.
Sadly, the seriousness of these types of injuries is not always evident right away. In some cases, the full impact of a TBI may not become clear until years after the car crash. Furthermore, brain injuries can significantly increase someone's risk of suffering a stroke or developing dementia.
According to a study that was published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury are up to ten times more likely to suffer a stroke within three months after the injury. Additionally, no two brain injuries are ever alike and a number of factors can play a role in the severity of an injury, such as the force of the blow, an individual's age and overall health and which part of the head was struck.
As a result, anyone who is dealing with this needs to carefully assess their situation and make sure they receive appropriate compensation that will help them deal with future needs. For more information on this topic, please take a look at our auto accidents page.