Attorney David J. King


The serious impact of accident-related brain injuries

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2018 | Blog

The impact of a car accident can affect your life in many ways. From medical bills to lingering physical injuries, even a minor collision can take a major toll on you and your loved ones. This is particularly true if you experienced a brain injury in a South Dakota car crash.

Brain injuries and head trauma are some of the most common types of injuries suffered in car accidents, and they can vary widely in type and severity. Even a seemingly minor injury, such as a mild concussion, can leave you struggling for weeks or months. No matter  the type of injury  or nature of your pain and suffering, you do not have to suffer the consequences of the reckless or negligent actions of another person alone.

Common types of brain injuries from car accidents

Brain injuries and trauma are quite serious, but many people underestimate the impact this type of injury can have because it is internal. Simply because people cannot see your injury, it does not mean you do not have a valid and serious health concern. Some of the most common types of brain injuries from car accidents include the following:

  • Contusion caused by a direct impact to the head, causing a bruise or bleeding on the brain
  • Concussion caused by a hit to the head or violent shaking, causing damage to blood vessels in the brain and to the cranial nerves
  • Diffuse axonal cause by a strong and rapid rotation of the head, causing tearing of the brain structure

The way a brain injury will impact a person depends on his or her health at the time of the accident, the force of the impact, the location of the impact and various other factors. It can take an extensive amount of time and medical supervision to properly recover from this type of injury. 

What should you do as a victim?

Individuals who suffered in accidents caused by other drivers have the right to take action to defend their interests. It may be appropriate for you to do this by filing a personal injury claim against the liable parties.

No amount of compensation can undo the damage done to you, but it can help you address your financial concerns and take the time you need to fully recover. A brain injury can have a serious impact on your life, but you do not have to walk through the complex aftermath of your accident on your own.