“He had a concussion,” says the doctor, and suddenly you are filled with a sense of dread and fear. What exactly does this mean for your loved one? How will this affect your family's future?
Typically, a person who was knocked unconscious for any short period of time is considered to have had a concussion. All concussions are the result of some type of head injury.
The Brain Injury Institute estimates that 20 percent of all brain injuries are caused by car accidents. For that reason, it's important that you see a doctor regarding a possible head injury if you've been involved in a serious St. Louis car crash anytime in the last few months.
Contrary to what you might think, a head injury can occur even if a person's head did not actually hit anything. The brain can be damaged simply from shaking around inside the head. Such a sudden jolt can cause serious bruising, swelling, or bleeding—all of which damages the brain.
How exactly a head injury will affect the person injured depends on several factors, so don't be surprised if the doctor gives you very vague answers to your initial questions. The brain is very complex, and consequently, injuries to the brain are complicated.
This one organ is composed of 100 billion cells, and each of these cells plays its own unique role in how the body functions. Because different clusters of cells control different body functions, where exactly the brain was injured determines what symptoms appear.
For example, damage to one portion of the brain may affect a person's speech, while damage in another area may lead to a sudden onset of depression.
The good news is that in most cases, a person with mild brain trauma will eventually make a full recovery. A person with severe brain trauma may suffer a permanent disability or may also recover completely. Again, each brain injury is unique.
If you or someone you love has suffered a head injury as a result of a car accident in Missouri or Illinois, call our experienced St. Louis car accident lawyers to see how you can get help paying your medical bills. For a free consultation or a copy of our helpful Guide on How to Pick a Lawyer, call Alvin Wolff Jr. at 314-241-2500 today.