Many law firms advertise as “Personal Injury Attorneys” or “Car Wreck Lawyers,” but very few have the experience and resources to handle cases involving serious accidents. Most attorneys can handle a fender bender with a client who has some whiplash, but when you or a loved one has been injured in a catastrophic car wreck, you want to make sure you do your research and hire an attorney that has the understanding on how to handle serious injuries. What do we mean by serious injuries? Some serious car wreck injuries include: loss of limbs, organ and tissue damage, spinal cord injuries/paralysis, and brain damage. Essentially any type of injury that causes long-term or life-altering injuries.
One particular type of serious injury I’d like to focus on in this post is Traumatic Brain Injuries. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that over 150 people die every day as a result of TBIs—and car wrecks are one of the leading causes of these traumatic injuries. Some estimates have car as the cause for over half of brain injury hospitalizations.
So, what constitutes a traumatic brain injury? These types of injuries are sustained when the skull strikes an object like a steering wheel or windshield resulting in the brain suffering trauma. Those suffering from TBI’s can have symptoms ranging from reduced motor functions and memory loss all the way to brain bleeds, coma, and even death. A common misconception is that head injuries only occur when there is an open wound to the head, but there does not have to be superficial damage for there to be a brain injury.
Brain injuries have come to light in popular culture in recent years due to the medical discoveries surrounding professional sports, most notably concussions in the National Football League. Football leagues are trying to implement safety protocols to prevent their players from developing CTE, a degenerative brain disease that is the result of repeated brain trauma and concussions that can cause headaches, mood swings, and even suicidal tendencies. As far as car wrecks go, the possibility that you would sustain CTE from a car wreck is extremely small. Research shows that CTE has never been developed from one single injury.
CTE notwithstanding, you could sustain more damage in a single car accident than a football player does throughout his entire career and lifetime. To prevent these devastating brain injuries, it is important to take proper safety precautions before hitting the road. Remember these 3 tips to help reduce the risk of serious brain injury:
You can never completely prevent all wrecks, but you can always help mitigate the damage by taking steps to lessen the impact on your head and body.
If you or a loved one has sustained a serious injury such as a traumatic injury while traveling in Mississippi, contact the experienced and serious personal injury attorneys at ‘Maggio|Thompson.
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