One of the leading causes of death and disability following an auto accident is a traumatic head injury. The head, including the skull as well as the face, is used to protect the brain against injury. When a head injury is serious, it could result in traumatic brain damage.
Even when there is not visible damage to the head, a head injury can result in the loss of brain function. Force to the head can cause the brain to be directly injured or shaken, which can cause bleeding in the space around the brain, bruising of brain tissue or damage to nerve connections in the brain.
At Phillips Law Group, we believe that you deserve both compassion and compensation for your condition if you or a loved one suffered a head injury in a Phoenix auto accident that was caused by another.
To begin exploring your legal options, contact our head injury lawyers by completing the Free Case Review form to the right.
Types of Head Injuries
The severity of symptoms that a victim suffers is a direct correlation of the type of head injury they experience.
There may or may not be a relationship between a fractured skull and an underlying brain injury; it depends on where the fracture occurred and with how much force. A skull fracture is characterized by its location, what the fracture looks like, and whether or not the bone has been pushed in. There are a variety of different skull fractures that head injury victims can suffer from, including:
- Open or Closed Fractures
- Depressed Skull Fractures
- Penetrating Skull Fractures
- Linear or Stellate Fractures
- Diastasis Fractures
- Basilar Skull Fractures
Diffuse Axonal Injury or Shear Injury
When a head injury causes the injury of the brains axons, there are possibly devastating injury results. Due to the damage of electrical flow between cells, a victim of this type of head injury often appears comatose with no evidence of bleeding in the brain. There is no surgery or treatment currently available for this type of injury; treatment is only supportive. The patients most basic needs are met in the hopes that the brain will recover on its own; however, most do not.
When blood is trapped in a small area, resulting in the formation of a hematoma or blood clot, the head trauma is considered epidural. Pressure usually increases quickly in the epidural space, pushing the blood clot against the brain, resulting in significant damage. Most victims of this type of head injury require surgery to relieve pressure on the brain.
When the head experiences some type of forceful impact, veins that cross through the subdural space can often tear and bleed, resulting in a blood clot that increases pressure on brain tissue. A subdural hematoma can happen at the site of impact, or it may occur on the opposite side of the injury. Surgery may be required to treat this type of head injury, depending on the neurologic state of the victim.
Intracranial bleeding refers to any bleeding within the skull. Just because a skull is intact does not guarantee that there is not underlying bleeding in the brain or its surrounding spaces. It is critical that any head injury victim seeks medical attention immediately after being injured, even if there are not any outwardly visible signs of significant trauma.
Sometimes the terms hematoma, or blood clot, and hemorrhage, or bleeding, are interchanged. When there is bleeding in the skull, blood can accumulate and increase the pressure within it and compress on the brain. There is no room in the skull to accommodate any swelling caused by bleeding.
Contact an Experienced Head Injury Attorney
Head injuries are devastating and traumatic for all parties involved, including the family members of the injury victim. In most head injury cases, the outcomes are catastrophic, if not fatal. If survived, a head injury can significantly decrease the quality of life of the victim.
We urge you to contact an attorney as soon as possible if your loved one suffered a head injury that was caused by the actions or negligence of another person or entity.
At Phillips Law Group, our head injury lawyers have the skills and resources necessary to successfully litigate an injury claim. Our staff can recreate the scene of the accident in order to find the cause of the crash and hold the responsible parties liable for any damages.
With an office located in Phoenix, we are available to fight for the rights of Arizona residents who have suffered harm through the actions of another, whether through negligence or malicious intent.
Our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you do not owe us any fees until we obtain a favorable outcome for your lawsuit, whether through a jury verdict or a settlement with other parties involved.
If you are unsure if you have cause to file an Arizona head injury claim, contact our lawyers today to schedule a free, initial consultation. During a consultation, we will assess the merits of your claim and offer guidance on how to best pursue legal recourse for your condition.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to Phoenix head injury victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation case evaluation with a member of our legal team, please complete the Free Case Review form on this page.