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Traumatic Brain Injury Caused by Car Accident

A traumatic brain injury caused by a car accident is all too common. In fact, a car accident is a leading cause of a traumatic brain injury, also known as a TBI, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

There are different ways a traumatic brain injury can be caused by a car accident. First, a person may strike their head against the interior of the motor vehicle, such as a steering wheel or headrest. Second, a traumatic brain injury can be caused by a sudden forceful movement of the head, known as a “acceleration-deceleration” injury. This is commonly known as “whiplash,” when the head moves backward and forward rapidly. The brain moves inside the skull, and a “shearing” effect occurs when microscopic structures of the brain, axons, can be stretched or torn. This is known as “diffuse axonal injury.”

Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury from Motor Vehicle Accident

A person can sustain a contusion or bleeding on the brain that is detectable by a diagnostic test such as an MRI. Often, current diagnostic tests cannot detect microscopic damage (such as diffuse axonal injury). The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury caused by a car accident may be emotional, behavioral, and cognitive changes. These include changes in personality, such as emotional outbursts, anger, and social withdrawal, where family and friends observe that the injured person just doesn’t seem like their former self.

Cognitive changes can occur such as memory problems, difficulties with “executive functioning,” and concentration. A comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation can assess any differences in pre-injury and post-injury cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning.

Treatment for a Traumatic Brain Injury Caused by Car Accident

A permanent traumatic brain injury cannot be cured. However, there are treatments available for the injured person and family members to adapt. Individual psychotherapy can help the injured person deal with emotional and behavioral changes. In addition, neurorehabilitation programs teach skills to adapt. For example, Johns Hopkins has a Brain Injury Psychiatry Clinic that offers multidisciplinary treatment for victims of traumatic brain injury.

Top Rated Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Columbia Maryland

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has been helping people for more than 35 years. He has handled successfully traumatic brain injury cases, including cases of a traumatic brain injury caused by a car accident or an assault. Mr. Smith has obtained substantial, and million dollar + jury verdicts, in traumatic brain injury cases.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results in traumatic brain injury cases — has earned him the recognition of his peers. He has been designated a “Maryland Super Lawyer,” and previously selected as one of the Top 100 in Maryland. He has received the prestigious and highest peer rating for legal ability and professional ethics, “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell. This is the oldest and most widely recognized lawyer rating directory in the legal profession. Mr. Smith has received this rating every year since 1988.

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