Traumatic brain injury is a serious consequence of an automobile accident. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries, and the damage to your brain can range from mild to severe. In some cases, these injuries may result in long-lasting or even permanent damage to your mental and physical health.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a motor vehicle accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Experienced Washington personal injury attorney Quinn Posner at the Posner Law Office, P.C. can fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injury is the damage that happens to the brain as a result of an external physical force such as a car accident, slip and fall, or other blow to the head. This type of injury is not caused by something internal, such as a tumor or stroke.
Traumatic brain injuries are characterized by damage to the brain by an external force and at least one of the following:
- The victim cannot remember the accident (amnesia);
- The victim has a seizure, abnormal brain scan, or fracture to the skull; or
- Loss of consciousness for any period of time.
What Causes a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injuries are caused by violent movements of the brain within the skull. The brain is extremely delicate, and floats in fluid within your skull. When extreme force is applied to your skull, such as in a high-impact car crash, your brain can smash against your skull, compressing and stretching it.
This violent impact can cause:
- Loss of consciousness,
- Memory loss,
- Mild to severe head pain,
- Loss of mental acuity,
- Physical impairment, or
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Closed Head Injury
In a closed head injury, damage occurs because of the brain's sudden back and forth or side to side motion within the skull, causing it to smash against the skull. This may cause brain bruising, damage to brain tissue, tearing of blood vessels, or nerve damage. Damage can occur in a specific section of the brain or throughout the entire brain.
Open Head Injury
In an open head injury, the skull and other protective layers surrounding your brain have been penetrated and exposed to the open air. This can occur with severe skull fractures or when an object is able to penetrate the skull as the result of an accident.
Compensation for Your Injuries
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of an automobile accident, and the accident is another person's fault, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the injuries you have suffered. A personal injury lawsuit may be filed against a person who caused the accident. Personal injury lawsuits can recover damages including:
- Medical bills,
- Lost wages,
- Lost earnings,
- Vehicle repair, or
- Pain and suffering (in certain circumstances).
An experienced Washington personal injury attorney can guide you through the complicated legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Consult an Attorney
If you have been injured in an automobile accident, highly experienced personal injury attorney Quinn Posner of Posner Law Office, P.C. will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. He represent clients in Camas, Washougal, Vancouver, and the rest of Clark County. Contact Quinn Posner today for a free consultation of your case.