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Head trauma from a car accident is not uncommon. Such trauma occurs when the external force of the car accident traumatizes the driver’s (or passenger’s) brain. The damage that someone can suffer from this type of injury can be life altering. A few examples of car accident head injuries include seizures, hemorrhages, and memory loss.
Early seizures refer to any seizures that happen immediately after an accident or within a week of the accident. Late seizures don’t generally happen until at least a week after being injured in an accident. Although it doesn’t always happen, early or late seizures can lead to epilepsy later on in life, which can lead to treatments like anti-seizure medication, diet change, and a great length of medical care.
Brain hemorrhages are classified as a type of stroke. Since head trauma causes bleeding, the bleeding into the brain (hemorrhage) can kill brain cells. Brain hemorrhages can occur inside the brain, between the brain and the layer of membranes covering it, between the layers of those membrane coverings, and between the skull and the covering of the brain.
Memory loss, whether short-term or long-term, can result from serious brain trauma. The memory can be affected by damage to certain parts of the brain. For example, damage to the medial temporal lobe and hippocampus can affect one’s ability to develop new memory, whereas, damage to the cortex and frontal lobes can affect one’s ability to access acquired memories.
More than 5.3 million people in the United States are living with some sort of long-term disability due to brain injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, each year, at least 1.4 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI)= a number higher than the amount of national heart attacks.
If you or someone you know has been in a recent car accident, you should consider hiring an Atlanta car accident attorney. The attorneys at the Kalka & Baer law firm have the experience, determination, and compassion that make them the best personal injury lawyers around. If you would like a free, no obligation consultation, please contact Kalka & Baer today.