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Accident-related brain injuries can be catastrophic

Car accidents happen in and around Stockton each day and, fortunately, most of these crashes result in no injuries or only minor injuries. Not every car accident results in catastrophic harm thanks, in part, to the many safety features that modern vehicles utilize to keep drivers and passengers out of harm's way. However, significant injuries are still possible when vehicles collide on California streets and highways, and this post will focus on one of the most damaging injuries that a vehicle accident victim can experience: traumatic brain injury.

A traumatic brain injury, also called TBI, occurs when an individual suffers an external force upon their body that causes damage to their brain. The injuries can be closed, which means that the injury occurs without the external force penetrating the skull; an open TBI happens when an external article breaks into the skull and affects the brain.

Car accident victims can suffer TBIs in a variety of ways. They may experience concussions from hitting their heads on vehicle steering wheels, dashboards or windows during crashes. Contusions or brain bleeds can also happen from similar impacts. Diffuse axonal injuries happen when shaking or rotations cause the brain to tear within the skull, and, as discussed above, penetration injuries can result when foreign objects break through the skull and puncture the tissue of the brain.

Accident-related TBIs can be devastating for victims because their consequences can last a lifetime. Victims of car accidents who have suffered TBIs are encouraged to learn more about their legal options for seeking compensation in the wake of their crashes. The costs associated with living with a TBI can be astronomical and victims may be able to receive compensation for their losses.

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