Brain Injury And Car Accidents – Injury Lawyer Paul S. PaddaFiled under Personal Injury
Following a car accident, many people experience pain in their back and assume that their injuries are limited to the spinal column. While this is often true, advances in technology and medical testing are leading many doctors to also explore the possibility of brain trauma. Often, injuries to the brain can be subtle and difficult to detect and discern. A good doctor examining the victim of a traumatic event will always be on the lookout for potential brain injury.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America (www.biausa.org) the statistics involving brain injuries are sobering. Of the 1.7 million people who sustain a traumatic brain injury each year in the United States:
- 50,000 will die;
- 235,000 will require hospitalization;
- 1.1 million will be treated and released from an emergency room;
Of course, these statistics do not tell the whole story. The number of people with a traumatic brain injury who are not seen in an emergency department or who receive no care whatsoever is unknown. Among the leading causes of brain injuries are the following:
- Motor-Vehicle accidents;
Additionally, men are 1.5 times more likely as females to sustain a traumatic brain injury. Given the propensity of men, especially younger men, to engage in high-risk behaviors such as speeding or reckless driving, the disparity between men and women suffering from traumatic brain injuries becomes clearer and easier to understand.
If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic personal injury, it is essential to make sure a qualified medical professional conducts the appropriate testing to ensure a brain injury is not left untreated. As noted by the Brain Injury Association of America:
“Brain injury is not an event or an outcome. It is the start of a misdiagnosed, misunderstood, under-funded neurological disease. Individuals who sustain brain injuries must have timely access to expert trauma care, specialized rehabilitation, lifelong disease management and individualized services and supports in order to live healthy, independent and satisfying lives.”
In most instances, the appropriate physician to diagnose a traumatic brain injury will be a neurologist. If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, the potential for brain injury exists. While you might think a brain injury involves complete impairment, this often not the case. A concussion, even a mild one, is a type of brain injury that, if left untreated, can significantly impact a person’s life.