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Auto Accidents and Brain Injury: Taking All Collisions Seriously

By Norman Younker on December 15, 2014


The aftermath of an auto accident in which airbags were deployedThe legal team at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC has assisted clients throughout the state of Utah with their legal needs. Whether taking on negligent doctors in medical malpractice cases or holding negligent drivers and car manufacturers accountable for causing serious auto accidents, our lawyers always put the needs of the injured and their loved ones first.

With regard to auto accidents, we want to explore the issue of brain injuries sustained from auto accidents and why our legal team fights so diligently for those who have suffered brain damage after a collision.

Even Airbags May Not Be Enough to Prevent Brain Injury

Major car accidents can result in serious trauma to the head, and while seat belts and airbags can prevent many serious injuries from occurring, there is no guarantee that safety restraints and devices such as these will be completely effective in protecting a motorist or passengers from harm. This is particularly important to note when it comes to accidents at high speeds or accidents involving large vehicles, like big rigs or sports utility vehicles (SUVs).

Types of Head Trauma That May Cause Brain Injury

There are three kinds of head injuries that can result in serious damage to a person's brain:

  • Open Head Injury - These kinds of head injuries involve the skull being damaged and penetrated.
  • Closed Head Injury - These kinds of injuries involve no break or penetration of the skull, though the brain may still bruise or swell due to the injury.
  • Concussion - This is a type of injury in which the brain is shaken and strikes the inside of the skull.

All three of these head injuries can occur in an auto accident.

Symptoms of Brain Injuries

The symptoms of brain injuries can vary depending on the type of head injury you have sustained. Some common symptoms, however, include:

  • Headaches
  • Loss of balance
  • Memory loss
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Problems with muscle control
  • Vision distortions and blurriness

After an auto accident, it's important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible so potential brain injuries can be diagnosed and treated.

Long-Term Repercussions of Serious Brain Injuries

If a person suffers from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) following an auto accident, his or her life can be changed significantly.

People who've suffered from TBI often notice problems with mood swings and even changes in their personality. This is often coupled with states of confusion, difficulty with memory, and problems with speech. Depression and anxiety may also occur as a result of serious brain injury.

In addition to mood disorders, cognitive difficulties, and other psychological problems, TBI can also lead to problems with your motor skills and basic physical activities. This could make tasks that are simple and that we take for granted (e.g., tying shoes, preparing meals) extremely difficult.

The mental and physical problems caused by TBI can require extensive medical treatment and counseling, and it can take its toll on the injured party as well as that person's loved ones.

We Will Hold the Negligent Motorist Accountable

Given the potentially life-long struggles that can result from serious brain injuries, our attorneys will fight diligently to hold the negligent motorist accountable for causing a serious accident. Damages will be sought to cover emergency medical care and future medical expenses and to address the many hardships that the injury places on the victim and his or her family.

Speak with the Legal Team at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC

For more information about your legal options following a serious accident, it's important that you contact our personal injury lawyers today. The legal team at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC will help you receive just compensation for any injuries sustained and hardships that you have experienced.

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