Car Accidents Resulting in Brain Injury

February 14, 2020 — by John Conger
Tags: Brain Injury

Scan showing traumatic brain injuryTraumatic brain injuries often have serious and long-lasting repercussions. A traumatic brain injury can compromise physical, cognitive, and emotional functions. These types of injuries may diminish a person’s quality of life and are likely to result in the need for substantial medical treatment.

If a traumatic brain injury is the result of a car accident, the person or party responsible for the collision should be held liable for injury damages. The lawyers at Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP work hard to recover compensation for victims of car accidents involving brain injury in the Stockton, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA, area. They consider all avenues of loss, so that clients can be justly compensated for the full extent of injury damages.

What Types of Car Accidents Result in Brain Injury?

When most people consider the causes of a brain injury, they imagine the head striking or being penetrated by another object. Both of these situations would likely result in a traumatic brain injury.

However, the head does not even need to be struck directly for a brain injury to occur. If the head is thrown or jerked suddenly in an unnatural motion, the brain can move around inside the skull. When the brain strikes against the side of the skull, a brain injury can occur.

Car accidents frequently involve strong and sudden impacts that throw a person around within the vehicle. Whether a body is thrown forward, so that the head strikes the windshield, or whether the head is jerked front-to-back or side-to-side, a brain injury may occur. Because of the violent motions that are often involved in car accidents, any type of collision has the potential to cause a brain injury, including a rear-end accident, a side impact collision, or a head-on collision.

Brain Injury Symptoms

The brain is often compared to the mainframe of a computer, because it plays a role in a person’s cognitive, physical, and emotional functions. Depending on which part of the brain is injured and how serious the injury is, any or all of these functions may be compromised. Symptoms that may be experienced by those of our clients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury include:

  • Dizziness
  • Frequent headaches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Balance or coordination problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Recovering Compensation

When a traumatic brain injury is the result of a car accident, our Stockton lawyers can help victims recover the compensation they are due. Our lawyers will gather evidence to show that the car accident was caused by another person’s reckless or negligent actions, and that the accident resulted in the brain injury and other damages.

Potential areas of loss that may be recovered through a personal injury lawsuit include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages (including any loss of wage-earning potential)
  • Pain and suffering and diminished quality of life

Learn More

If you have been injured in a car accident, the attorneys at Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP can prove invaluable as you attempt to recover compensation for damages. To learn more about your legal rights following an accident, contact our attorneys online as soon as possible or call our practice at (209) 477-8171. We serve clients in Stockton, Walnut Creek, and surrounding areas.