Brain Injuries in Motor Vehicle Accidents
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, www.biausa.org, twenty (20%) percent of brain injuries are caused by motor vehicle collisions.
The forces imparted on an occupant's brain can be significant causing the gelatin like brain to strike the inner surface of the skull, especially areas where the skull has sharp bony ridges. The acceleration/deceleration forces may cause the brain axons to shear, tear and/or twist. The rotational forces of the collision may lead to tearing, shearing or twisting of brain axons in diffuse areas of the brain. The injury may occur even without the occupant's head striking the windshield or interior of the vehicle.
Some occupants who sustain a brain injury may have amnesia for moments before the incident and for time after the incident. Some injured occupants may be combative after sustaining a brain injury, while others may be unresponsive. Even though some occupants who sustain a brain injury in a collision may speak immediately after the incident, some individuals may have no memory for the conversation(s).
If an occupant has amnesia before (anterograde) or after the incident (retrograde), the person may not be a good witness regarding how the incident occurred. Therefore, these cases can be challenging to present. Our office has represented hundreds of individuals who sustained brain injuries in motor vehicle collisions with able assistance of brain injury medical experts who can explain the medical significance of the person's inability to recall facts about the incident. Also, medical experts can explain the significance of the injured person's behavior, conversation, combativeness, seizures that may follow a motor vehicle collision.
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