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Traumatic brain injuries after car accidents

Car accidents occur on Seattle's busy roadways every day, and unfortunately, thousands of people are severely injured. One of the worst and common injuries in car accidents is a traumatic brain injury or TBI. TBI occurs when there is a sudden puncture or blow to your head. Your symptoms and prognosis for recovery depend on the type of injury you sustained. After any personal injury or TBI, minor or severe, you may be entitled to compensation by filing a personal injury claim or wrongful death claim against the liable parties with our Seattle brain injury attorneys at Habtemariam Law. TBI can cause irreversible brain damage and affect you and your loved ones. If you or a loved one was involved in a Seattle auto accident due to no fault of your own, and suffer from TBI, call us today for a free case evaluation. We are Seattle's best brain injury lawyer representing Washington state with offices in Seatac and Shoreline. We are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, by calling 206-624-1820 to assist you with your personal injury questions. 



Types of Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI

Below our Seattle brain injury lawyers have listed the types of injuries and the symptoms associated with Traumatic brain injury damage you might experience.



The most frequent brain injury in Seattle car accidents are concussions. These are mild injuries and generally non-fatal. However, trauma could leave lasting effects if they go untreated.


Concussion Symptoms:


  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Changes in mental status and
  • fatigue


Rest is the best way to treat and fully recover from a concussion. However, if the trauma is severe, it may require medical intervention.


Diffuse Axonal Injury

Diffuse axonal injury is the most prevalent type of injury in severe Seattle auto accidents. Diffuse Axonal injury happens when there is a powerful blow to the brain and head, altering the connection between the brain and the rest of the body. Significant injuries can occur when tiny fibers within the brain stem tear. Victims often end up in comas.


Symptoms include:


  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting



A contusion of the brain means your brain is bruised. After an auto accident in Seattle, if there was a blow to your head with a sharp object or something struck your head, minor to life-threatening injuries are present. Medical intervention is required if you suffer from a brain contusion due to the swelling of the brain. Injuries like this can cause structural brain damage and can alter your mental function or level of awareness.


Brain contusion symptoms include:


  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty with memory
  • Changes in cognition; reduced intelligence, or alterations in personality 
  • Coordination difficulty
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Problems with attention
  • Difficulty understanding speech



This type of injury occurs when the brain moves inside the skull upon impact. A coup-contrecoup occurs in two places; the site of impact(coup) and on the opposite side of the brain (contrecoup). Upon impact, the brain can be jolted to the opposite side of the skull, causing the victim to suffer from not one but two brain injuries.


Coup-contrecoup symptoms include:


  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Coma
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of memory
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Slurred speech
  • Sensitive to light or loud noises


Skull fracture Injury

If the impact is so severe in a car accident, the wreck could leave you with a fractured or cracked skull resulting in a brain injury. If the victim was projected from the vehicle, the skull could crack open or be penetrated by an object. In these types of damages, the brain swells, and emergency surgery is needed to relieve pressure on the skull. If an object penetrated the head or brain, a wound debridement might also be essential to remove the debris. The worst prognosis for recovery is high-velocity brain penetrations.


Open head injury symptoms include:


  • Deformed skull
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Clear fluid from the nose or ear
  • Hematomas behind the ear or around the eyes 


Acquired Brain Injury

An acquired brain injury (ABI) occur after suffering from severe brain trauma, where blood flow and oxygen to the brain is restricted, causing brain cells to die and the brain can not function properly. For those who suffer from ABI after a tragic auto accident, their life and the ones they love will never be the same.


Acquired brain injury symptoms:


  • Headaches
  • Weakness, shaking, stiffness, or poor balance
  • Tiredness
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Seizures or fits
  • Changes to your smell, vision, or touch



Contact Seattle brain injury attorneys at Habtemariam Law

If you or someone you love was involved in a Seattle car accident and suffer from traumatic brain injury, contact a brain injury attorney at Habtemariam Law. You could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Habtemariam Law is committed to seeking justice for our clients so you can get the proper treatment and begin your road to recovery. Serving Seattle, Seatac, Shoreline, and Washington State, contact your brain injury attorneys today for a free case evaluation by calling 206-624-1820. We are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.



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