After a car crash, a head injury may include any injury to the scalp, skull, or brain — from a minor cut to a massive brain injury. Although more severe head injuries cause more catastrophic symptoms, even a “mild” head or brain injury, such as a mild concussion, can cause lingering problems with thought, attention, memory, and mood.
A car accident brain injury or head injury can turn your life upside-down in an instant. Tasks that once seemed simple can now feel insurmountably difficult. You may worry about how you will care for your family when you’re struggling to recover from a serious injury — or you may worry about whether you will ever recover at all.
In the face of your daily challenges, fighting with insurance companies or holding a negligent driver accountable can seem impossible. But they don’t have to be. By working with an experienced New York car accident lawyer like the team at Zlotolow & Associates, you can gain an advocate who will handle communications with insurance companies and build a case for the compensation you need and deserve.
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According to the National Institutes of Health, head injuries are classified as either “closed” or “open”:
Both types of head injury may occur during a car accident. A concussion, caused by a blow to the head, may occur during an accident if the head strikes or is struck by any object – such as part of the vehicle or flying debris. Open head injuries during motor vehicle accidents are more likely to occur if the head is struck by a small, fast-moving object, such as glass flying at high speeds.
Any injury to the head may cause internal bleeding if it is severe enough. Bleeding may occur in the brain itself, or in the layers that surround the brain inside the skull. The National Institutes of Health estimate that more than 1 in 6 of all hospital admissions involve a brain injury of some kind.
Symptoms of a head injury may vary, depending on the type of injury and how severe it is. Some head injuries are not noticed for several hours or even days, until bleeding or swelling inside the skull begins to present in the form of pain, dizziness, trouble thinking, or other symptoms.
With any type of head injury, speed is of the essence when it comes to getting medical care. The sooner you see a doctor, the sooner you receive assistance and treatment that can help you recover more fully. When a head injury is severe, speed is mandatory: In a 1998 article published in the Annual Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, researchers examined car crash data and discovered that 52 percent of all car crash deaths occurring in the first 90 minutes after the accident are caused by head injuries.
With so much to do surrounding the care of your head injury and your recovery, choosing a car accident lawyer can seem difficult. Yet working with the right attorney for you is essential.
An experienced personal injury attorney will:
A head injury has serious consequences. At Zlotolow & Associates, our NYC car accident attorneys fight for full and fair compensation in each case. We know how your life can be turned upside-down in an instant by a crash, and we’re committed to fighting for all the compensation to which our clients are entitled.