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Common Types of Head Injuries from a Car Accident

Head injuries from a car accident are a common occurrence. They range in severity and can potentially cause permanent change in a person’s life.

However, victims of auto accidents may be entitled to receiving compensation after getting a head injury in a collision. El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers can provide you with the help you need to determine the options you have legally. We are skilled Los Angeles car accident attorneys who can help you pursue the most compensation for your claim.

Here, we take a look at some of the common types of head injuries from a car accident. You should seek medical treatment immediately if you believe you’ve gotten a head injury.

1.     Concussion

One of the most common head injuries from a car accident are concussions. When the brain hits the inside of the skull, because of a sudden change in momentum, it’s called a concussion.

Concussions range in severity, and usually display the following symptoms:

·         Potential temporary loss of consciousness

·         Feeling pressure within the head or a headache

·         Amnesia about the car crash

·         Dizziness

·         Nausea and vomiting

·         Slurred speech

·         Ringing in the ears

·         Fatigue

·         Possible changes in personality

·         Difficulty focusing

2.     Contusion

It’s a bruise on the brain that is usually caused by direct head impact. A contusion can happen when the driver’s head is hit by external objects or fixed car objects upon impact. Fixed objects include a steering wheel and car window.

A contusion can showcase the following symptoms:

·         Cognitive changes

·         Trouble forming new memories

·         Numbness in the affected region

·         Problems with balancing or coordination

·         Slurred speech

·         Being unable to concentrate

3.     Coup-Contrecoup

Coup-Contrecoup head injuries from a car accident happen when a person’s brain jerks suddenly inside the skull. A coup-contrecoup injury is common in car crashes that are extremely violent, like a rollover collision. Due to the impact, the brain suddenly hits both sides of the skull, bringing damage to both sides of the brain.

A coup-contrecoup head injury can display any of the following symptoms:

·         Bleeding or swelling in the brain

·         Fractures in the skull

·         Loss of consciousness

·         Confusion

·         Nausea

·         Headache

·         Memory problems

·         Seizure

·         Mood disturbances

·         Sensitivity to light and sound

·         Ringing in the ears

·         Blurred vision

·         Dizziness

4.     Diffuse Axonal

Severe rotation or shaking because of a car accident can cause a diffuse axonal head injury. It happens when a car comes to an abrupt stop when the brain isn’t moving as quickly as the skull. The injury is a common occurrence in high-speed vehicle collisions.

A diffuse axonal head injury results in the tearing of brain structures and might display the following symptoms:

·         Nausea and vomiting

·         Headache

·         Feeling dizzy

·         Loss of consciousness

·         Fatigue

5.     Penetration

In a penetrating head wound, an external object penetrates the skull. Usually, objects inside an automobile become dangerous projectiles during an accident that can lead to severe injuries.

A penetrating head wound can be fatal and might have serious complications like:

·         Heavy loss of blood

·         Seizure

·         Respiratory issues

·         Paralysis

·         Disrupted bowel and bladder function

·         Loss of consciousness

·         Going into a coma

If you or someone close has suffered a head injury in a car accident, you might be entitled to compensation. The compensation will help to cover your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Call the El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers today for an initial consultation.