It should come as no surprise that one of the possible outcomes to a car accident in Connecticut is a brain injury. In fact, the Mayo Clinic points out that motor vehicle collisions are one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association notes that there are two ways that trauma to the head can take place. The first, an open head injury, is often the result of some type of penetration, such as a bullet wound. The second, a closed head injury, occurs when the head suffers a blow, such as striking the window following a car crash.
When the head strikes a windshield, dashboard or other object during a crash, two types of injuries may take place. The first, known as primary damage, refers to the bleeding, fractures or other physical event that occurs at the time of the impact. Brainline.org reports that secondary damage will evolve over time and includes events such as the swelling of the brain, seizures and an increase in pressure inside the skull.
The effects of traumatic brain injuries can last a lifetime. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a victim could experience any of the following:
- Difficulty with communicating
- Emotional struggles including anxiety, depression and aggression
- Adversely affected reasoning and memory
- A loss in sensations such as taste, smell and touch
The CDC also reports that TBI can lead to an increased risk of developing other conditions including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Although this paints a frightening picture, it is important for people to understand the possible effects of brain injuries. Following a car accident, victims of negligence can use this information to determine how much future medical bills and other damages could be.