There are several types of brain injuries that may result from a Nevada car accident. Brain injuries can cause temporary or permanent disabilities, which affect daily living of both the victim and his or her family. Below is information regarding the five different types of brain injuries that can be sustained by a Nevada car accident victim.
Types of Brain Injuries
There are generally five types of brain injuries that an accident victim can sustain:
Concussion: This is the most common traumatic brain injury that results from accidents. A concussion happens when someone suffers from a direct blow to the head, experiences whiplash, or violent shaking. Blood vessels in the brain are overextended and cause damage to the cranial nerves;
Contusion: This injury consists of a bruise to the brain, which is typically a result of suffering a direct impact to the head. Contusions often happen when objects hit the accident victim or when his or her head hits the window or steering wheel of the vehicle;
Coup-contrecoup: This is a medical condition contusions develop in the victim both on the site where he or she was impacted but also on the opposite side of the brain. The most common way in which this happens is when the blow to the head is so severe that it causes the brain to move inside the skull and injure the other side;
Diffuse axonal: This occurs when the head experiences a strong turn or agitation - common in car accidents - as a result of an abrupt stop. This causes the brain structures to tear because the brain and skull move at different speeds;
Penetration: Less frequent in accidents (more common in acts of violence), these injuries happen when the brain is impacted by an object’s penetration of the skull.
There are traumatic and non-traumatic causes of brain injuries, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. Non-traumatic causes are medical conditions, while traumatic causes are often accidents.
How a Lawyer Helps
There are many advantages to hiring a personal injury lawyer to assist you in your accident claim, whether or not you have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result. First, a Nevada personal injury attorney will have the legal skills and knowledge to put your best case forward. A skilled lawyer will not only simplify the process for a client, but will also accelerate legal proceedings as needed. Second, a skilled personal injury attorney will understand the financial, physical, and emotional damage a traumatic brain injury or other injury can have on the victim and his or her loved ones. An attorney will aid in the case and ensure the maximum recovery is sought. Third, an experienced Nevada personal injury attorney can navigate the complex and involved claims process with insurance companies. An attorney can engage in settlement talks and counteroffers, negotiate a settlement, or litigate the case through trial. Finally, an experienced Nevada personal injury lawyer can value your claim including medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering to make sure your case is properly valued.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in a Nevada accident, contact the experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Parry & Pfau today.
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