Blunt trauma is physical trauma to a body part, and it can be caused by either an impact, injury, or physical attack. The latter is usually referred to as blunt force trauma, though it can also result from high-velocity impact. In most cases, when you hear the phrase “blunt force head trauma” you are likely to associate it with some sort of violent crime as the term is often used by the media in their reporting. However, you might be surprised to find out that car accidents are actually responsible for most blunt force head trauma injuries and deaths. In fact, fatalities due to car accidents is greatest in the young-adult age group attributed to alcohol use and excessive speed. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the causes and effects of blunt force head trauma.
Causes of Blunt Force Head Trauma: Did you know that brain injuries rank among the top three causes of death in the world? In most instances, blunt force head injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, exposure to hazardous chemicals or medications, or even medical malpractice. When a person involved in a car accident sustains a blunt force head injury, it is usually because the occupant was jerked forward during the impact and hit their head with a blunt object. In most cases, the occupant either hits their head on the steering wheel or some other hard surface like the dashboard. In accidents where an occupant is ejected out of the vehicle, the injuries tend to be substantially worse. A blunt force head injury is a very serious injury and often leads to concussions and contusions. Additionally, victims can often experience cognitive loss or memory lapses, inability to recognize their friends and family, changes in personality, and loss of motor and speech functions. Blunt force head injuries can take many forms. Typically, this type of injury is caused by some type of blunt object striking some part of the body. Generally, the signs of blunt force trauma are quite severe and can cause death if not tended to immediately. Some signs of blunt force trauma injuries include lacerations, lacerated or crushed organs, hematoma, crushed or severed spinal cord, or skull fractures to name a few.
Effects of Blunt Force Head Injuries: Almost all deathsthat result from accidents are due to some form of blunt force head, especially injury to the brain or head. These types of injuries are so common in car accidents because of the multiple factors that come into play in an accident. The severity of the injury will differ between mild, moderate, and severe. When it comes to blunt force head injuries that are mild, the symptoms usually are not permanent. On the contrary, when a more serious head injury is sustained, the effects can be more severe and lead to bruising and/or bleeding of the brain. Overall brain injuries can cause a wide array of physical and physiological symptoms. Generally, the seriousness of a blunt force head injury will depend on how the injury was sustained. There are several long-term effects that may be caused by blunt force head trauma. Some examples include speech problems, internal bleeding of the brain, chronic headaches, loss of vision, loss of taste, loss of smell, comas, etc. These injuries can happen to drivers, occupants of vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
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After an accident, we understand that there are many questions and concerns about what to do next. Although nothing can undo the pain and suffering that victims and family members go through after an accident, an experienced accident attorney can help. At the Law offices of Suarez & Montero, we pride ourselves on being responsive to our clients’ needs and providing expert legal representation when it matters most. There are many law firms that provide special assistance for brain injury cases in South Florida, but remember, the lawyer you hire to handle your case in the State of Florida should know your rights and be skilled. As such, make sure your rights are protected and your voice is heard. At the Law Offices of Suarez and Montero, we dedicate our resources to help our clients receive maximum compensation. Our brain injury lawyers consult some of the best medical and financial experts to gain a better understanding of the extent of your injury and the medical costs associated with treating the injury. We take this information to determine what your future needs will be and how your injury will affect your quality of life to effectively represent your interests. Our extensive experience with all types of personal injury cases gives us the unique ability to think creatively and utilize the law to help safeguard our clients’ rights and help our clients determine when it is best to settle or when it is best to continue to fight in court. Remember, we operate on a contingency fee basis, in other words, the consultation is free, and you don’t pay a single cent, unless we win your case. Once we are hired, one of our lawyers conducts a systematic and comprehensive investigation into your case to decide the future course of action that your case deserves. Our lawyers will provide, efficiency, experience and knowledge, to get the attention your case deserves. We are available 24/7 to give you a free, no risk case consultation.
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