Each year in the United States there are approximately 1.7 million people who sustain a traumatic brain injury, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The leading cause of both death and disability in the U.S. is traumatic brain injury sustained after an auto accident. A number of different head injuries can lead to traumatic brain damage, thus changing the accident victim’s life indefinitely.
Approximately 5.3 million Americans are currently living with some kind of long-term disability due to an accident which caused a traumatic brain injury. Head injuries are most often caused by motor vehicle collisions, falls, and high impact of some kind. While the severity of head injuries ranges dependent upon the strength of impact as well as a number of influencing factors, any damage to the head can truly affect a person’s ability to perform the most simply daily functions.
Head injuries are tricky, as even damage invisible to the human eye can have an enormous effect on the proper function of the brain. When a strong forces to the head, a number of different injuries may occur due to the shaking or impact of the hit. When the brain inside of the head is shifted in any way, bleeding can occur in the spaces around the brain, as well as bruising brain tissue or damaging the nerve connections linked from the brain to other parts of the body.
If you or a loved one has suffered from head injuries due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to receive compensation from the at-fault party. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers has years of experience in auto accident law. With offices located in New Haven, Hartford, and Bridgeport, our motor vehicle attorneys are prepared to take on your case today.
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Types of Head Injuries
Head injuries range vastly in both severity of injury and the impact that the damage will have on the future functionality of the brain. Concussions are the most commonly seen traumatic brain injuries. These head injuries are usually linked to the shaking of the brain, which is why football players often suffer from concussions after a hard blow to the head. Head injuries are generally referred to as either open or closed. Closed head injuries involve an impact to the head that does not crack the skull, whereas open head injuries involve some sort of penetration.
The following are the most commonly seen types of head injuries:
Diffuse Axonal Injury (Shear Injury)
These kinds of head injuries involve the brain’s axons and the damage is generally devastating. The accident victim often appears comatose, as the damage of electrical flow between the brain cells disallows the patient from actively using the brain. Unfortunately, there is no surgery for this type of damage. The patient’s only hope for recovery is on its own, and sadly, most patients do not recover.
This type of injury refers to the trapping of blood in a small area in the brain, which causes a blood clot or hematoma to form. Most victims who suffer from an epidural hematoma require surgery, as pressure quickly increases in the epidural space, causing clots to push up against the brain. This pressure typically causes a great amount of damage for the injured patient.
Any bleeding within the skull is referred to as intracranial bleeding. These head injuries are particularly scary, as sometimes there is no perceptible damage, only internal bleeding that cannot be seen by the human eye. Due to the possibility of severe internal injury, patients must always seek medical attention after any brain or head accident.
The link between a skull fracture and a brain injury depends largely upon the strength and location of the impact. Fractures are labeled based upon the appearance of the fracture, the location, and whether or not the bone was pushed in. The following are the various types of skull fracture:
- Basilar Skull Fractures
- Diastasis Fractures
- Depressed Skull Fractures
- Linear or Stellate Fractures
- Open or Closed Fractures
- Penetrating Skull Fractures
When the veins that cross the subdural area in the head either tear or bleed, a blood clot usually forms which puts pressure on the brain tissue. Unlike other head injuries, a subdural hematoma may occur on the opposite side of where the impact took place or in the direct location of the impact. Surgery is sometimes required to fix this damage.
Let the Power of Perkins Work for You
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers is a firm dedicated to protecting the rights of residents across the state of Connecticut. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for our clients. When it comes to personal injury law, our objective is to make the litigation process as easy as possible for the accident victim. We understand that any accident takes a lot out of the accident victim. From hospital visits to dealing with insurance companies, the last thing injured individuals want to deal with is a lawsuit.
Combining years of experience and the use of expert resources, our auto accident attorneys have won millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. We are prepared to work tirelessly to achieve the maximum compensation possible. If you or a loved one has suffered from any kind of head injuries following an accident, our Connecticut personal injury lawyers are here for you. With offices in New Haven, Bridgeport, and Hartford, we are able to service all of Connecticut.
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