Auto Accidents Can Cause Major Brain Injuries and Trauma

By Mark T. Flickinger, JD on May 16, 2016

An x-ray of a brainThe legal team of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton, P.C. has helped countless people in and around Provo during their time of legal need. In the case of serious car accidents that lead to injuries and lasting disability, our attorneys can help obtain just compensation that accounts for lost wages and other changes in your life and livelihood.

Brain injuries are typically among the most serious injuries that can arise from auto accident's. We'd like to explore what these entail and why they can affect people in such a profound way.

About Brain Injuries

A brain injury refers to physical trauma on the brain typically sustained by an external mechanical force. When the injury occurs, it results in lasting brain dysfunction. Many times brain injuries are sustained as a result of severe trauma to face, head, or body. These are known as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs); this differs from acquired brain injuries (ABIs), which are often linked to health problems and neurological illnesses.

Brian injuries may result from closed head injuries or open head injuries. Closed head injuries involve no penetration of the skull, while open head injuries refer to penetration or breach of the skull.

Types of Brain Injuries

There are different kinds of brain and head injuries that may be experienced. In terms of TBIs, these include the following:

  • Concussions – The most common kind of TBI, a concussion occurs when the brain strikes the skull very abruptly and suddenly. Open head injuries and closed head injuries can cause concussions.

  • Contusions – A contusion is a bruise on the brain or bleeding on the brain. In some cases, the contusion on the brain may need to be removed. Open and closed head injuries can cause contusions.

How Common Are Brain Injuries After Auto Accidents?

Brain injuries from auto accidents can be quite common, especially at high velocities. The force generated by an auto collision can cause major head trauma and serious blows to the face, head, and body. Even when wearing safety restraints or a helmet, serious brain injuries are still possible.

The Effects of Brain Injuries on Overall Wellness

A brain injury can have a major impact on your psychological, cognitive, perceptual, and even physical health. Some potential issues associated with brain injuries include:

  • Memory problems
  • Poor attention span
  • Impaired speech
  • Mood disorders
  • Emotional imbalances
  • Changes in sense perception
  • Balance and coordination problems
  • Recurring headaches
  • Seizures
  • Persistent fatigue

These issues can have long-term repercussions, affecting your quality of life and overall livelihood for years and years to come.

Holding Negligent Parties Accountable

If your auto accident and injuries were the result of a negligent person or party, it's of the utmost importance that the negligent party be held accountable. Medical bills and other expenses can be considerable given the nature of these injuries, and the impact on you and your loved ones should not go ignored.

How Our Attorneys Can Help You

By seeking the help of a skilled attorney, you will receive expert counsel during a civil case. We will help you receive just compensation for the injuries sustained and its impact on your life and the lives of your family and friends. Rest assured that we will fight diligently for you and provide you with ample information about all of your legal options.

Contact Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton, P.C.

To learn more about your legal options after a serious auto accident, be sure to contact our team of auto accident lawyers today. The legal team at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton, P.C. will work with you to ensure you receive the legal representation you deserve.

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