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When you apply car brakes forcefully, it can jolt the head or spinal cord, resulting in blunt force trauma to the head. These injuries can turn out to be anywhere from mild to highly severe and disabling. Unfortunately, though, brain injury can’t be diagnosed easily when there are few to no outward signs.

Blunt-force head trauma can dramatically impact a person’s health, finances, and ability to work. If you sustained a head injury due to a careless driver or faulty manufacturing, you can start the process to pursue compensation by filing a brain injury claim.

How Can Blunt Force Trauma Affect A Car Accident?

Blunt force trauma injuries are fatal that anyone may or may not sustain after an accident. Moreover, they can cause life-altering or permanent injuries. It may be difficult to diagnose blunt force head trauma. 

The impact of a collision can be life-threatening resulting in traumatic brain injury, internal bleeding, and broken bones. In other cases, blunt force head trauma can even be more fatal. However, by following the Florida car seat belt laws, head trauma can be minimized. 

What Is Blunt Force Trauma?

Blunt Force Head TraumaBlunt force trauma to the head may happen in any situation when a victim’s head collides with a surface or object or when any flying or falling object may strike the victim’s head. There can be multiple blunt force injuries such as concussions, and skull fractures that can cause a negative impact on an individual’s life.

Blunt force head trauma has three fundamental categories namely mild, moderate, and severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). It describes the etiology, pathophysiology, evaluation, and classification, and highlights the interprofessional teams that help in the patient’s treatment. 

Common causes of blunt force trauma to the head

Slip and falls are one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injury. The second leading cause of head injury is motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle collisions, and others. Moreover, blunt force trauma to the head can have several causes:

  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Daycare accidents
  • Nursing home accidents
  • Defective products
  • Sports Injuries
  • Medical malpractice incidents
  • Violent crimes

It is best to discuss your case with a Fort Myers Car Accident Lawyer as head injury cases are complex. It is because of the severity and impact of the injury on the victim. 

Symptoms of blunt head trauma

The blunt force trauma symptoms may vary depending on the injury. Some may experience mild signs whereas others may suffer from blunt-force trauma. The following symptoms may occur after blunt force trauma to the head:

  • Loss of consciousness 
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Dizziness
  • Inability to wake up 
  • Loss of coordination
  • Numbness
  • Confusion
  • Change in sleep habits
  • Problems with memory
  • Vomiting 
  • Seizures 
  • Convulsions
  • Fatigue

Immediate medical attention is necessary after sustaining any blunt force injuries. Furthermore, documentation of personal injury may be vital to file an injury lawsuit in the future. Sometimes, blunt force trauma death may also occur after an accident or a fall.

Types of blunt force trauma

Blunt impact injuries include four categories such as contusion, fracture, abrasion, and laceration. 

  • Contusion: Contusion of the brain may occur when the brain strikes something on the skull causing bleeding on the surface of the brain.
  • Fracture: The skull bone can get fractured after facing any personal injury such as a car accident, truck wreck, or motorcycle crash. 
  • Abrasion: One of the most common causes of abrasion is friction against a rough surface thereby removing the layers present superficially. Some abrasions may result in only scrapes.  
  • Laceration: Tearing of tissues in the brain that can occur due to any foreign object or a bone fragment resulting from a skull fracture. 

In the United States, nearly 64,000 people died from brain injuries in the year 2020 according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

What damages can you recover in a blunt-force head trauma lawsuit?

The economic damages after brain injury can be severe. Some of them are as follows:

  • Brain injury medical expenses: There can be hefty medical expenses including drugs, therapies, surgeries, and doctor’s appointments.
  • Lost wages: It is the time that is preventing you from going to work due to your severe head injury. Therefore, you must preserve all the evidence and records of your missed work
  • Lost earning potential: If your head trauma is serious, it will affect your ability to engage in any work. It will increase your overall compensation. 

Therefore, it is vital to file a personal injury lawsuit to pursue compensation for not only economic but non-economic damages such as mental anguish, pain, and suffering also. 

Effects of blunt force trauma to the head

Blunt-force head trauma can lead to adverse consequences that will differ due to the severity of the case. Some of the fundamental symptoms may include migraine, headaches, muscle weakness, sensory disruptions, sensitivity to sound and light, and fatigue. 

Some individuals may also suffer from long-term effects due to hitting the head that may have severe consequences ranging from physical, cognitive, and emotional.  

Can you recover from chronic traumatic encephalopathy? 

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) refers to a progressive brain condition that occurs by the repetition of blows on the head. It also causes frequent episodes of concussions. The condition occurs in sports people, especially those who are boxing or playing football. Ex-athletes may suffer from CTE disorder. 

Although, there is no cure for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) yet certain medications may treat behavioral and other cognitive symptoms.  

How much blunt force trauma to the head causes death?

In fatal cases, blunt trauma to the head leads to catastrophic brain injuries resulting in death. Suppose, in an accident, some object penetrated the skull, the brain might get severely injured thereby causing sudden death. Sometimes internal hemorrhage possibly occurs due to brain injury. 

If someone else has been responsible for causing you injury, they may be liable for the damages and losses. Filing a personal injury claim might be challenging, therefore, the party needs to be held liable for the compensation. They might even compensate you for the pain and suffering due to blunt force head trauma. Schedule a free case consultation or call us at 800-572-3753 or fill out our contact form to discuss your case.