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How Common are Head Injuries in Automobile Collisions?

Head injuries are a typical result of automobile accidents. As vehicles collide, passengers experience many forces in the collision that cause injuries, including head injuries. If you are suffering from a head injury from a car accident, an experienced Ohio attorney from Rittgers & Rittgers can assist you in your recovery.

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Other Effects of Head Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are a result of some accident or incident involving force to the head and are often a consequence of automobile accidents. As is the case with other injuries, traumatic brain injuries vary in severity, and the impacts can be long-term. In the latest data available, over an eight year period, the number of TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths increased by 55%.

Mild effects can include temporary feelings of confusion, brief loss of consciousness, nausea, dizziness, temporary memory loss, difficulty concentrating, impaired sleep, and difficulty with speech. Moderate symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include longer periods of unconsciousness, more pronounced confusion, and loss of coordination. Serious traumatic brain injuries can cause brain bleeds and damage to the brain tissue itself. In these instances, emergency care and surgery are often necessary, with on-going rehabilitative treatment required. More severe traumatic brain injuries can result in seizures, coma, and even death.

Victims of head injuries may have a lengthy recovery depending on the severity of their symptoms. Long-term rehabilitative therapy may be needed to relearn necessary skills of everyday life such as walking, communicating, and learning, as well as basic activities to take care of oneself. Assistance from occupational therapists or vocational therapists can help with recovery.

Other effects as a result of head injuries include physical scarring from open head wounds or injuries to the face. Mental impairments can also result from head injuries, including anxiety, depression, and changes in mood or behavior. Victims may experience emotional trauma from the accident causing the head injury as well as from the lengthy recovery process.

Accidents Causing Head Injuries

While there are precautions to take to avoid head injuries in car accidents – such as using seat belts in vehicles, wearing helmets during sporting or recreational activities, and being careful of surrounding and hazardous conditions to avoid a fall – head injuries still occur and often have a lasting impact on victims’ lives.

Some other common causes of head injuries include sporting accidents, boating accidents, motorcycle accidents, recreational vehicle accidents, and slip and fall accidents. Regardless of the cause, an Ohio head injury attorney at Rittgers & Rittgers can help you find justice from your head injury claim.

Contact an Ohio Head Injury Attorney

With the serious consequences of head injuries, it is important to seek help on your claim both from a medical and legal perspective. Throughout the recovery process, having a team of professionals, including a legal team experienced with head injuries, in your corner will help. If you or a loved one are suffering from a head injury from an accident, regardless of the cause, contact an Ohio head injury attorney from Rittgers & Rittgers to discuss your case today. We represent clients throughout Ohio and Kentucky.

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