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Car Accidents & the Lasting Impact of Concussions

Medical science is only just beginning to understand the long-term medical complications associated with concussions. This is a minor brain injury that occurs whenever the brain is roughly jostled against the skull. It’s estimated that nearly 4 million concussions are treated in the United States each year.

Concussions are commonly caused by:

  • Car accidents
  • Recreational accidents
  • Sports accidents

Car accidents, in particular, are a frequent cause of concussions and other brain injuries. In fact, just the rapid deceleration of a car can cause the brain to slam against the skull even if a person hasn’t physically “hit” their head. For this reason, it’s imperative that a victim seek medical attention immediately after an accident.

The Unpredictability of Brain Injuries

Currently, it’s medically impossible to predict how a brain injury may affect an individual. Minor brain trauma triggered by a low-impact collision may cause severe and lasting medical complications to one person while barely affecting another.

For this reason, car accident victims often find it difficult to interact with medical professionals or negotiate with insurance companies without legal representation by their side. After all, doctors and claims adjusters may doubt the severity of any symptoms caused by minor trauma. The unlucky few who suffer permanent brain damage from mild concussions are sometimes referred to as the “miserable minority.”

The Limits of Medical Science

Medical science has made incredible strides to perfect procedures that can locate and recognize brain injuries. For instance, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and cranial computer tomography (CT) scans are capable of identifying hemorrhaging (bleeding) or bruising on the brain. Likewise, a brain positron emission tomography (PET) scan is a slightly more invasive procedure that introduces a radioactive substance into your blood stream to take 3D pictures of your brain. However, these procedures often miss signs of brain injuries that are only visible at a microscopic cellular level. This is incredibly dangerous, because any injuries to the brain’s neurons and axons can cause serious physical, cognitive, and emotional problems.

Symptoms of Brain Injuries

The brain is an incredible and complex organ that coordinates all intelligent thought, sensation, and body movement. As a result, even a minor brain injury can have a severe impact on the human body. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s important to seek medical attention and legal representation immediately.

Common physical symptoms of a brain injury include:

  • Seizures
  • Blurred vision, double vision, or blindness
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Speech impairments
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Fatigue
  • Coordination difficulty

Common cognitive symptoms of a brain injury include:

  • Short-term memory loss
  • Long-term memory loss
  • Inability to process information
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Communication difficulties
  • Spatial disorientation
  • Organizational problems
  • A lack of initiative

Common emotional symptoms of a brain injury include:

  • Increased anxiety
  • Depression and mood swings
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Frequent agitation
  • Egocentric behaviors

A brain injury may require substantial medical treatments and lasting professional care. A successful personal injury lawsuit can award a victim damages that may facilitate their recovery and protect them from experiencing significant financial strain.

Schedule a Free Consultation

Contact the St. Louis car accident attorneys at Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien, P.C. if you’ve been injured by a negligent driver. Our firm provides personal injury representation to clients who have sustained concussions or other catastrophic brain injuries.

We offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t need to worry about attorney fees unless we win your case. To account for your needs, we can schedule evening or weekend appointments at our St. Louis office, your home, or your hospital room.

Call Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien, P.C. at (314) 635-7606 to schedule your first appointment.

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