Concussion injury after a car accident is very common. In fact, concussion injury is one of the most common traumatic brain injuries, also referred to as TBIs, that are reported after a person is involved in a car accident.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that 14.3 percent of all concussions/TBIs are the result of motor vehicle accidents, making them the third most common cause of these types of injuries. Concussions/TBIs have the potential to leave victims with significant cognitive and physical problems and may prevent a person from working or even from being able to live independently. For this reason, people who sustain concussion and/or TBIs in car accidents should contact a car accident attorney immediately in order to determine their legal options.

What is a TBI and how is it different from a concussion?

Many people may be surprised to learn that a concussion is simply a form of mild TBI. In fact, concussions are the most common form of traumatic brain injury and they are often sustained in events as common as playing sports (see NFL concussion lawsuit), car accidents and falls. TBIs can be significantly more serious than a concussion and can involve trauma that penetrates the skull and causes significant damage to a person’s brain. The complications associated with a TBI are generally in direct proportion to the severity of the initial injury, but can include the following:

  • Headaches
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Memory problems
  • Depression
  • Problems communicating
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty understanding
  • Problems with communication
  • Speech problems
  • Issues with motor control

How do traumatic brain injuries occur in car accidents

Motor vehicle accidents often involve extreme physical forces that can cause significant bodily injury. There are a number of ways this could occur in a car accident, including the following:

  •         Violent shaking and/or sudden movement of the head and/or upper body
  •         Being ejected from the vehicle 
  •         Striking the head against a window or other part of the car

What type of treatment is available for concussion and/or TBIs

In any accident in which an individual sustains head trauma, a person should be sure to undergo a thorough medical evaluation. The first place to start in the hospital emergency room, after a car accident there is a great deal of confusion and adrenaline, make sure you let the ER doctor know exactly how your feeling so that they may order a CT scan and get a better look at the brain. Keep in mind, concussion and/or TBI symptoms do not manifest immediately after a car accident, sometimes signs can be subtle and take days for a person to realize they have sustained a brain injury. In many instances, early intervention can have a significant impact on the outcome of a case. In addition to ensuring that your injuries are properly treated, seeing a neurologist will also result in the generation of medical records and documentation of your brain injury, treatment and subsequent recovery. Brainline.org is an excellent resource for understanding concussion and brain injury.

Can you make a personal injury claim for concussion or TBI Injury?

People that have sustained concussion injury after a car accident often sustain significant economic and non-economic losses. Fortunately for victims, Pennsylvania law often allows people who have been hurt in these kinds of accidents to recover for their injuries by filing a personal injury claim To schedule a free initial consultation with one of the Philadelphia auto accident attorneys of KaplunMarx, call our office today at 610-660-7780 or send us an email through our online contact form.