An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in Hopkinsville KY
No matter the size of a car accident, there always exists the potential for an unforeseen danger: a closed-head injury. And unknown to many victims is the serious consequences they face from even the smallest of collisions.
A Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on traumatic brain injuries that spanned a four-year period (2006-2010), found nearly 15% of all traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are caused by motor vehicle accidents. Additionally, when only looking at TBI-related deaths, the number caused by car accidents climbed to 26%.
How Head & Brain Injuries Occur in Car Accidents
There are a staggering number of ways a head injury can occur during a car accident, and surprisingly, not all of them avoid direct contact with another object.
Our Hopkinsville brain injury lawyers have handled these types of cases throughout the state of Kentucky, and in most instances we have been able to conclude that a closed head injury occurred due to one of the following:
- The victim’s head makes contact with the windshield, steering wheel, rearview mirror, or other car fixture.
- The victim’s head strikes or collides with another passenger in the vehicle.
- The force of the accident is such that whiplash causes the brain to move violently inside the skull.
The danger of a closed-head injury begins with a victim not presenting immediately to a doctor or ER to be fully examined.
Serious TBIs often do not show any outward, physical signs of injury. In fact, some TBIs will present slowly over time, progressively becoming worse, and leading to traumatic injury and/or potential death.
Types of Closed-Head Injuries & TBIs
Only a doctor can properly diagnose the type of closed-head injury your car accident may have caused, however, some of the common types may include:
- Concussion – The most common brain injury following an accident, a concussion can range in severity and should always be monitored and examined for by a treating doctor.
- Contusion – This head injury occurs when you have been diagnosed with a “bruise on the brain.” This means that blood has leaked from a vessel and is resting on the brain tissue.
- Hematoma – Also known as a “subdural hematoma,” this injury occurs when tiny veins between the surface of the brain and the dura stretch and tear. The result is a collection of blood on the brain’s surface.
- Brain Hemorrhage – A critical condition, hemorrhages occur when bleeding occurs between the brain and the thin tissues that cover the brain.
- Talk-and-Die Syndrome – This condition occurs when an accident victims strikes their head or is jolted violently, only to appear fine immediately after the accident. However, later they progressively become worse and succumb to the previously unknown head injury suffered in the accident.
We have witnessed accident victims suffering all of these types of injuries and STRONGLY encourage anyone who is involved in an accident to be thoroughly checked out by an ER doctor and discuss the potential for any closed-head injuries.
Speak to a Hopkinsville Head Injury Attorney Today
If you've been involved in a car accident that resulted in a closed-head injury or TBI,, call us for a FREE consultation at 270-885-7671.
These types of injuries require expert medical care as well as experienced legal representation. Fortunately, the Fletcher Law Firm is dedicated to helping you deal win your legal battle with the insurance company, and we truly look forward to going to work for you.