The vast majority of car accidents that occur in Connecticut are so-called “fender-benders,” resulting in damage to the vehicles involved but no injuries, or, at least no serious injuries. Unfortunately, there are some car accidents that are quite a bit more dangerous for the drivers and passengers involved. These serious car accidents result in catastrophic injuries, and the most dangerous of injuries is probably a brain injury.
Traumatic brain injuries can be fairly easy for medical personnel who respond to the scene of the accident to detect. These injuries, known as “TBIs,” can result from violent blows to the head and lead to a fractured skull, which will have a devastating impact on the brain. A person who suffers a TBI in a car accident will likely experience immediate symptoms such as loss of consciousness, nausea and vomiting, numbness in extremities and a loss of coordination. Later on, these victims can also experience trouble sleeping, headaches that last for hours and even seizures.
Car accident victims can also experience other, less traumatic brain injuries. These “mild” brain injuries can lead to symptoms such as drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision and sensitivity to sounds and lights. Probably the most common form of “mild” brain injury is a concussion. Our readers have probably seen quite a bit of news coverage about concussions in recent years, and the good news is that there seems to be some progress being made toward a better form of treatment for these brain injuries.
Whether the injury is classified as mild or traumatic, a brain injury can have serious, lasting impacts on car accident victims in Connecticut. Anyone who suffers one of these types of injuries due to the negligence of another driver may be able to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.