Brain Injuries from Car Accidents

Car accidents are the leading cause of brain injuries, accounting for approximately 61% of all instances of traumatic brain injury (TBI), more than all other causes combined. Brain injuries caused by car accidents are usually the consequence of a violent blow to the head during the crash; examples include concussions, cerebral contusions, and other closed head injuries that cause bruising, bleeding, tearing, or swelling of the brain. Whiplash, which does not involve direct trauma to the head, is associated with diffuse axonal injuries to the brain due to rapid acceleration/deceleration.

Signs of Brain Injury After a Car Crash

It is important to recognize the signs of brain injury following a car accident. Loss of consciousness, from brief haziness to comas, indicates the possibility of brain damage. Generally, the longer the unconsciousness, the more severe the brain injury. Another sign of brain damage is post-traumatic amnesia, where the victim is unable to recall events preceding or following the injury. Encephalopathy, which is characterized by confusion, agitation, memory loss, and/or inappropriate aggression, is yet another sign that the brain is not functioning properly following a car crash. Finally, seizures, concussions, and unequal or unreactive pupils may indicate that a traumatic brain injury occurred during a car accident.

Free Consultation with New York Auto Injury Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury as a result of a car accident, it's important to understand your legal rights. The New York car accident lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy can help you seek compensation for damages including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. We attained the largest non-medical malpractice verdict in Long Island history, $32.7 million, for a former railroad conductor who was struck by a car and suffered severe brain damage.

Additional auto accident results where the victim suffered brain damage include:

  • $13,500,000 settlement for a pedestrian that suffered a traumatic brain injury to the left frontal lobe after she was struck by a car while walking home at night.
  • $8,800,000 recovery for a woman who sustained a traumatic brain injury that required immediate surgery. As a result of the auto accident, she still suffers from some cognitive and neurological issues.
  • $7,525,000 settlement for two surviving children in a fatal car crash that killed their mother and brother. One of the survivors sustained a brain injury.
  • $2,558,000 settlement in a tragic Brooklyn case for family of a car passenger who suffered a traumatic brain injury and died nine months later.
  • $2,450,000 award for a motorcyclist struck by another vehicle. As a result of the crash, he developed a permanent cognitive disorder and retrograde amnesia.
  • $2,250,000 recovery for an upstate New York driver who suffered a brain hemorrhage as a result of a head-on collision.
  • $2,025,000 settlement for a Queens car crash victim who developed a casually-related seizure disorder and was unable to work as a result of the seizures.
  • $1,500,000 settlement in a Bronx case for victim who suffered a brain injury caused by brain hemorrhaging and skull fractures. As a result of her injuries, she developed a neurocognitive disorder which affected her memory.

If you or a loved one suffered brain damage as a result of a car accident, the attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy understand how devastating the injury can be on you and your family. Learn your legal options by speaking with a qualified brain injury attorney today. Simply call 212-736-5300 or email us.