Our firm’s experienced San Diego personal injury attorneys know that of all the organs in the body, personal injury to one does more damage physically AND psychologically than the others: the brain.
Not only does the brain serve as the control center for all of the body’s systems (movement, circulation, etc.), but the brain also acts as the controller of cognitive function (including thinking and reasoning).
Damage to the brain can cause lasting effects on both systems. Brain damage from brain injuries can cause the connection from the brain to bodily systems to become damaged or separated completely.
Twenty percent of all brain injuries suffered by people are caused by traffic accidents (i.e. car accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents). These accidents can lead to one of three types of brain injuries.
- Mild Brain Injuries
Mild brain injuries (MBIs) are sometimes tricky to diagnose. Scan tests such as magnetic resonance images (MRI) or computed axial tomography (CAT) scans may not reveal changes to the brain after an accident. Physical or behavioral symptems like fatigue are usually the way to diagnose a MBI.
- Acquired Brain Injuries
Acquired brain injuries (ABIs) happen when the brain is deprived of oxygen. Oxygen is required for the brain to function properly. Causes of an ABI can include a stroke, aneurysm (balloon-like bulge of a blood vessel) or a heart attack.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be caused by many things. Twenty-eight percent of TBI cases were caused by a fall. Another 20% were caused by traffic accidents. In TBIs, the brain can actually move inside the skull or a severe blow to the skull could impact the brain directly.
Car accidents are a leading cause of brain injuries because of the unknown factors: how will you hit your head? Will anything else fall on my head? Drivers who do what they can to prevent brain injuries like wearing a seat belt and driving safely can decrease their chances in suffering a brain injury.
Our personal injury attorneys in San Diego know brain injuries can happen at any time. We urge our clients to learn more about brain injuries and what could happen as a result of a brain injury, including rehabilitation and medical treatment options.
Please contact us for a free consultation with an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer — we speak both English and Spanish — at (800) 655-6585. Click here and you may also submit your case for a Free Review. No fee if no recovery.
SENIOR PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY & FIRM FOUNDER
Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael’s inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents. Learn more about Michael Pines