The random nature of accidents is one of the crueler aspects of these events. People can be driving along the road minding their own business, when they are suddenly struck by another car. In that instant their whole lift can change.
The outcome of these collisions can vary from passengers receiving broken bones, to life-threatening experiences, such as serious brain injuries. Blows to the head can be a particularly insidious aspect of these collisions, because while fractured limbs can be set in plaster and bruises will eventually fade, brain injuries can be far more difficult to recover from.
The brain is a fragile organ, and is only protected from impacts by the skull, a relatively thin layer of bone. Any blow to this part of the body can affect the brain’s soft tissue, even if the skull is being cushioned by a crash helmet. But the motorcyclist or cyclist’s brain will still be knocked around inside the cranial cavity, leading to bruising and possibly bleeding.
When people have suffered severe brain injuries during accidents, the aftermath can range from percussion to loss of bodily functions. Different parts of the brain control separate operations.
Recovering from serious brain injuries
Recuperating from a serious blow to the head can take several months, or even longer. In more drastic cases, the patient may succumb to a coma. Often medical professionals will deliberately induce this, so that the body can begin the rehabilitation process while the physical aspects are dealt with.
Many patients emerge from comas successfully; on other occasions they have initial difficulty with issues like talking, or walking properly. Unfortunately some never recover from what doctors refer to as a persistent vegetative state, when relatives will need to make harrowing decisions about prolonging that individual’s life.
Call our claims information hotline
In the aftermath of an accident, the thought of claiming for compensation can conjure images of court cases and lengthy legal wrangles. But you can rest assured that the truth is actually far more straightforward than that.
Accident Advice Helpline have experts who can look into your case and advise whether or not you would meet the criteria for a successful compensation claim.
In the vast majority of these cases court appearances are not even necessary. All you have to do is dial 0800 689 0500, and submit your details to one of our advisers.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen