If you or someone you care for has experienced blunt force trauma to the head from a car accident that was not your fault, read on for possible injuries/symptoms and tips for your personal injury case.
This article is not offered as medical advice regarding blunt force head trauma. If you or someone you care for has been injured, please seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Certain types of accidents come with a higher chance of blunt force trauma injury. Motorcyclists, car vs. tractor-trailer truck and pedestrian vs. car all increase the risk of a victim sustaining a head injury. Unfortunately, in these types of accidents, the victim’s skull does not have as much protection from a blunt object. According to NIH, the majority of serious traumatic injuries are due to blunt trauma from motor vehicle crashes and pedestrian injuries.
Blunt force trauma to the head happens when the cranium is hit by a hard object. The type of object, speed of impact and force all dictate how severe the trauma will be. This hit can result in a contusion or concussion or both. There can also be skull fractures or penetrating trauma. Read our post Types of Brain Injuries for a discussion of injuries that you may have when there is blunt force trauma to the head.
Trauma patients are the priority at emergency rooms due to the severe impact trauma has on our bodies. Once the patient has been stabilized, the medical examiner will employ MRIs, a CT scan and x-rays to determine the extent of damage to the skull bone, blood vessels or tissue of the brain.
Headaches, dizziness, slurred speech, blurry vision, memory difficulties, personality changes. loss of consciousness, nausea and death are all possible impact symptoms (Via WebMD). Symptoms may be mild to severe and may not develop immediately. Unfortunately, even mild head trauma can cause severe symptoms under the wrong conditions. Obtaining medical treatment immediately after your car accident and continuing to receive ongoing treatment for your injury is imperative.
Recovering from blunt force trauma to the head can be a long, emotionally draining and expensive journey for the patient and their family. Neurologists, physical therapists and speech therapists are just a few of the medical professionals that you may need to see at a trauma center. In addition, blunt force trauma can result in disability which may need lifetime care.
Gathering medical evidence for trauma patients, establishing the costs of present and future medical care, calculating pain and suffering, and negotiating with the at-fault driver’s insurance company are all integral parts of your personal injury case that a NC Personal Injury Lawyer can help you with. Unfortunately, blunt force trauma to the head comes with a increased risk of death. If your loved one has passed away due to the negligence of another, you should contact a NC Wrongful Death Lawyer.
The Bishop Law Firm represents car accident victims in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Fayetteville, Louisburg, Smithfield, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Chapel Hill, Wilson and other areas in North Carolina. Call us today for a free case review, (919) 615-3095.