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Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are possibly the most serious thing that can happen after an accident. I have seen many families struggle with getting treatment for these injuries. The road to recovery can be long and arduous, with treatment often made more complicated by the presence of other symptoms such as seizures or encephalitis.

During a deposition for a recent case I had, a neurologist explained the physics of a traumatic brain injury in a way that I had previously not known. He said that you are far more likely to sustain a chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) if the impact causes your head to move side to side rather than straight back and forth. While I am not a doctor, it is my understanding that your skull is designed to absorb some of the damage in a head-to-head collision, however it is poorly designed to absorb any impact in side to side. NFL players are likely to develop CTE from side-to-side hits.

This means one is more likely to sustain a CTE in a T-Bone car accident versus a rear end accident.

If you or a loved one has sustained a CTE from a car accident, it is important to choose an attorney that is familiar with these types of cases. The road to a recovery will likely be a long a complicated one. I am familiar with this type of injury; an individual in my family suffered a severe head injury when my family was in a car accident as a child. She had to wear a halo for many months. I understand the delicate nature of such injuries and how they can lead to long lasting side effects.

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Accidents that cause the head to move side to side are more likely to cause CTE than forward/backward.

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