The brain is a complex part of the body and is vulnerable to numerous levels of injury during a car accident. One type of brain injury that can take place due to a car accident is a tearing injury, in which trauma to the brain results in a tearing of some component of the brain.
Types of Brain Tearing Injuries from Car Accidents
Brain tearing can occur in several parts of the brain. Car accident victims might experience one of the following kinds of brain tearing injuries:
- Tearing of blood vessels
- Tearing of brain fibers and tissue
- Tearing of axons (nerve tissue)
Tearing injuries can sometimes be difficult to detect with the review of symptoms and brain scans. Any tearing injury can lead to a disruption in brain function and nerve communication, which might be temporary or permanent. Pervasive brain damage due to tearing can cause victims to fall into comas and can be life-threatening.
Causes and Treatment of Brain Tearing
Brain tearing injuries from car accidents are usually caused by diffuse axonal injuries. These injuries can occur during shaking or jolting of the head and brain. The brain moves with the head during blunt impacts and shaking events but not at the same rate, causing sensitive nerves and tissues to tear.
Tearing and diffuse axonal injuries are characterized by functional impairments in victims, including physical and cognitive impairments. Many victims with diffuse axonal and tearing injuries do not regain consciousness, and many others cannot be treated.
Compensation for Brain Tearing Injuries
Car accident victims who sustain brain tearing injuries will usually require medical treatment for the duration of their lives. Many family members lose their loved ones to these injuries. Florida law allows for compensation for lifetime care in certain car accident cases and compensation for people who have lost relatives to car accidents.
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