What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear that a person sustained whiplash in a motor vehicle collision? If you are like many Floridians, visions of people walking around in cervical collars or neck braces come to mind. Although that would be correct, the neck may not be the only part of a person’s body that sustains damage during automobile or truck accidents. It’s also possible for the driver or passenger to end up with a closed head injury as well.
Acceleration-deceleration trauma is one of the most common in rear-end impact accidents and may necessitate a call to a Martin County personal injury lawyer. It is caused by the brain violently lurching forward, hitting the front of the skull and then shooting backward just as quickly until it makes contact with the back of the skull. Oftentimes, the end result of that type of rapid movement and impact are damaged glial cells and neurons.
Also known as frontal brain lesions, they may or may not be accompanied by hemorrhagic bleeding and inflammation. Depending on how severe they are, the accident victim could end up permanently paralyzed, non-verbal, visually impaired and suffering from cognitive loss as well as intermittent episodes of seizure activity. Justifiably, those types of health problems would devastate most people as well as their loved ones. This is especially the case when car accident victims sustain brain injuries through no fault of their own.
Thankfully, Floridians that sustain acceleration-deceleration trauma to the brain may be able to use the state’s pure comparative fault status and presumption of negligence related laws to seek legal recourse against the drivers that rear-ended them. To learn more about closed head brain injuries and what recourse victims may have against the drivers that negligently caused them, please contact our Martin County personal injury lawyers.