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Frequently Asked Questions about Georgia Car Accidents Causing Traumatic Brain Injuries

December 09, 2017

Georgia car accident lawyers Answer Frequently Asked Questions about Car Accidents Causing Traumatic Brain Injuries

Although the media and a recent motion picture have focused on traumatic brain injuries caused by contact sports like football, motor vehicle accidents constitute a more common cause of head injuries that result in brain damage.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1.7 million people in the U.S. suffer traumatic brain injuries each year.  Since 17.3 percent of these TBIs result from motor vehicle collisions, approximately 294,100 people per year suffer a brain injury in vehicle crashes.  In this blog, our Georgia personal injury lawyers answer frequently asked questions about TBIs experienced in auto accidents.

What types of head injuries do vehicle occupants experience in collisions?

Traumatic brain injuries can take two forms: (1) closed head injuries and (2) open head injuries.  A closed head injury is far more common among traffic collision victims.  In this type of head injury, the brain suffers trauma but without any penetration of the skull.  This kind of brain injury usually occurs in a crash when a driver or passenger’s head hits the dashboard, windshield, or steering wheel.  Closed head injuries can be insidious because there might not be obvious external signs of potentially life-threatening conditions, such as bleeding that increases pressure on the brain.  A closed head injury can occur even without the head striking an object when the brain strikes the inside of the skull because the head stops moving but the brain continues its momentum.

Open head injuries involve actual penetration of the skull and brain by a foreign object.  When an open head injury occurs, the severity of the injury often will be more apparent than with a closed head injury.

Can a serious head injury occur even if my head did not impact an object during the collision?

Some people do not realize that even the sheer force of a collision can be the cause of severe trauma to the brain.  When the head is suddenly twisted or thrown forward in a motor vehicle collision, the brain will move around inside the skull.  This movement can cause brain injuries in several ways.  First, the brain can strike the inside of the hard bony skull when the head stops moving, but the brain continues its momentum.  Second, the brain has billions of nerve cells that communicate with other distant cells through long nerve fibers.  These fibers can be damaged when they are stretched during a car accident.  This type of injury, referred to as a “diffuse axonal injury,” can result in a coma. 

Do I need to see a doctor if I feel fine after a crash even though I bumped my head?

Brain injuries can be severe and debilitating even without significant symptoms.  If you bumped your head or had your head thrown violently in a particular direction or twisted during a crash, you should visit your doctor or the emergency room.  Many head injuries do not display obvious signs immediately.  However, bleeding inside the brain might cause increased pressure on the brain.  While promptly relieving the pressure might prevent serious permanent damage, the decision to neglect seeking medical attention could result in permanent damage from the pressure created by swelling and bleeding inside the skull.

Why do I need a Georgia car accident lawyer to handle my legal claim?

Our experienced personal injury lawyers can help guide you to medical professionals who will administer diagnostic testing and treatment.  We have experience analyzing accident scenes and medical evidence in order to maximize the value of our clients' cases.  Our lawyers also have an established network of medical experts and accident reconstruction experts with whom we work closely.  Our attorneys have experience representing traumatic brain injury victims, which we rely on when gathering evidence, developing factual and legal arguments, and creating persuasive presentations of the facts.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 38 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision that caused a TBI, contact Montlick & Associates today for your free consultation with an experienced Accident Attorney in Georgia. Montlick & Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over 38 years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

Your Time to File a Claim is Limited By Georgia Law

There are time limitations for bringing a claim. Be sure to read our "Georgia Statute of Limitations" page for more information about important deadlines that effect your ability to file an injury claim. We also provide a "A Guide to Personal Injury Law in Georgia" that will help you better understand the laws the affect your case.

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