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Austin Accident Attorney Discusses the Top 4 Brain Injuries Sustained in Car Crashes

By Luke Dow on March 07, 2016

The neck and head are vulnerable in every accident, and suffering a brain injury is a serious risk in a high-speed collision. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car wrecks are responsible for more than 10 percent of American brain injuries. Treatment is expensive, and victims often have permanent disabilities.



There are several symptoms that indicate a brain injury. WebMD reminds readers to consult a physician immediately if they feel dizzy or disoriented after a crash. Delaying treatment could allow your condition to worsen.

You should not have to pay for treating injuries that a negligent driver caused. If you were injured in a car accident, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm.

Luke Dow is an injury lawyer in Austin who can assess your case to determine if you may have a legitimate claim. As the victim of another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.

Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation. You can also learn more about accident claims in Texas by visiting

Here are four brain injuries that are common in car wrecks:

  1. Concussion
Many people do not consider concussions to be serious injuries. However, a concussion can have long-term effects on a person’s cognitive function.

Some victims do not know they have had a concussion until they undergo a medical evaluation. Because concussions are internal in nature, there does not have to be an open wound. One powerful blow to the head or excessive shaking can cause a concussion.

  1. Contusion
A contusion is a bruise on the brain. If left untreated, a contusion can have fatal or lifelong consequences such as disability.

Serious contusions require surgery. A single, powerful knock to the head can cause a contusion. In car accidents, the blow usually comes from a side window, the dashboard or the windshield.

  1. Diffuse Axonal
A diffuse axonal injury is particularly serious. It involves torn blood vessels and nerves inside the brain, and even torn neck muscles in some cases.

Bleeding inside the brain requires surgery to fix, and doctors may have to take steps to reduce internal swelling. You can get a diffuse axonal injury from a sudden, powerful head rotation, which is common in dead-stop accidents such as rear-enders.

  1. Penetration
A car wreck can cause items to fly throughout a vehicle. Glass, metal and other objects can lacerate, stab and penetrate drivers and passengers.

If any of these objects enter the brain, surgery is immediately urgent. Surgeons will remove the object, try to control the bleeding and relieve pressure from swelling. Unfortunately, these injuries typically have terrible consequences, such as a lifelong disability or even death.

If you have a brain injury because of a negligent driver, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is an Austin accident attorney who can handle the legal side of your lawsuit so you can focus on recovery. He is board-certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.




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