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Indiana Auto Accidents can Lead to Traumatic Brain Injuries

Indiana Auto Accidents can Lead to Traumatic Brain Injuries

Indianapolis Brain Injury Lawyers Can Get You Compensation

2.5 million people suffer from traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) in the U.S. every year, according to to the Center for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC). Traumatic brain injuries make up just under one third of injury-related deaths, and car accidents are the second leading cause of fatal TBIs.

Different Types of TBIs

Not all TBIs occur from the same type of injury. There are four varieties of TBIs ranging from minor to life-changing, with some even resulting in death. A mild form of traumatic brain injury may be a concussion, while a more serious injury causes a rupture, bleeding, or swelling of the brain tissue. Below are the four types of injuries that result in a TBI, according to the Brain Injury Association of America.

Internal Loading

In a serious car accident, there does not need to be any direct contact with a foreign object to result in a TBI. The force alone that happens when coming to a sudden stop or from being hit from behind can cause the brain to hit the inside of the skull, causing injury. This is called an internal loading injury.

Impact Loading

When an object collides with the head, causing a TBI, it is called an impact loading injury. For example, an impact loading injury can occur when two football players hit helmets or when a passenger of a car hits their head against the side window during a rollover.

Coup-Contrecoup Injury

The most common type of injury in a car accident is a coup-contrecoup injury, which is the combination of an impact and an internal loading injury.This causes injury on multiple parts of the brain: at the initial contact site and also at the other end of the brain when it makes contact with the inside of the skull.


Quite possibly the most lethal type of TBI is a penetration injury. This happens when an object goes through the skull and enters the brain. Penetration injuries are the least common type of TBI injury.

The Recovery Process From a TBI in an Indiana Car Accident

75 percent of those who suffer smaller TBIs make a full recovery. It is important to seek medical attention immediately following a car wreck that results in a traumatic brain injury. Afterward, your doctor will walk you through the recovery process. The most important thing to remember is that sleep and extra rest are crucial to making a full recovery.

Do not partake in the following activities until your doctor says that you are ready:

  • Normal activities such as returning to work;
  • Operating a vehicle;
  • Exercise or other physical activities such as yard work;
  • Drinking alcohol;
  • Traveling by air; and
  • Using screens (phones, television, computers, ipods).

Work with an Experienced Indiana Car Accident Attorney

If you were involved a motor vehicle accident that was no fault of your own and you suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may be entitled to damages to help pay for your medical bills and other expenses. Contact an experienced Indianapolis auto accident attorney at Holland & Holland at (317) 581-4400 for a free consultation.

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