Head Injuries and Concussions After a Car Accident 

There are many different types of head injuries that you can sustain after being in a car accident. These range from a relatively mild concussion to a very serious wound or penetration of your skull. It’s important to remember that even a seemingly “mild” concussion can put you at risk for brain injury, so it is always wise to see a doctor if you have been involved in a car accident.  

The injury attorneys at Thompson Law Firm in Phoenix have significant experience in helping clients with head or brain injuries after a car accident.  Our offices are conveniently located in ChandlerPeoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in-person or over the phone or video call.  You can contact us for a free consultation, or read on to find out more.

By the way, we will also help with other problems that have cost you sleep, like getting a rental car very soon and finding a nearby doctor who can help you. Even the best legal team isn’t good enough if your quality of life isn’t sustainable while justice and compensation are on the way. The whole point of legal action is to regain quality of life, so we help you long-term as attorneys and short-term as your go-to people.

Read Our Client Reviews

“My entire experience with Thompson Law Firm has been absolutely wonderful. They did a great job at handling all of the paperwork so I could focus on recovering from my accident. They always made sure to explain things in a way that I could understand and always return phone calls and emails very promptly. I will be recommending Thompson Law Firm to all my family and friends.” – Erika Wendt (Read this Review on Google)

“It was a pleasure working with Thompson Law Firm. Not only are their fees very reasonable, they are the ultimate in professionalism and efficiency. All the staff members I met were friendly and helpful. They kept me informed and assisted me with everything to make sure all deadlines where met and appointments were kept. I couldn’t be more happy with the end results.” – Chuck Thorne (Read this Review on Google)

What Type of Head Injuries Can You Get in a Car Accident?

There are 5 main types of head injuries, and all of them can occur in a car accident. While all of these are considered “Head Injuries”, it’s important to remember that any time you do any damage to your head, you may have a Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI. All of these can be categorized as brain injuries, or TBI’s.  

  1. Concussion: Concussions range in severity and occur when your brain strikes the inside of your skull because of force. This can happen in a car accident upon impact.  
  2. Contusion: A contusion occurs when you hit your head against a hard surface. This may, in turn, cause a concussion due to the force of your head hitting the object. In a car accident, this can occur if you hit your head on the steering wheel, dashboard, window, or any other solid surface.  
  3. Penetration: Penetration occurs when an object penetrates your skull. When your car is in an accident, many objects inside your car can become dangerous projectiles including glass from the windshield, objects on your dashboard like a GPS, or any other objects in the car.  
  4. Diffuse Axonal: This essentially means that your brain is moving faster than your skull, and occurs due to extreme rotation or shaking. In a car accident, this usually happens at high-speed accidents when your car stops abruptly on impact.  
  5. Coup-Contrecoup: This type of TBI occurs when your brain jerks suddenly in your skull. This is most common during extremely violent or forceful collisions, such as when a car flips. The impact causes the brain to jostle back and forth in your skull, damaging both sides of your brain.  

When Do Brain Injuries Symptoms Show Up? 

Depending on the type and severity of your brain injury/ head trauma, your symptoms will either show up immediately, after a few hours, after a few days, or even weeks after the accident occurs.  

What are the Symptoms of Brain Injuries? 

Here’s a list of some of the common symptoms of a TBI. If you have one or more of these symptoms, please see a doctor as soon as possible.  

  • Temporary Loss of Consciousness 
  • Headache or Feeling of Pressure in the Head 
  • Amnesia 
  • Dizziness 
  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Slurred Speech 
  • Confusion 
  • Ringing in the Ears 
  • Difficulty Concentrating  
  • Difficulty Balancing or Coordinating 
  • Cognitive Changes 
  • Bleeding from the Ears 
  • Coma 
  • Fatigue 

Can You Fully Recover From A Brain Injury After A Car Accident? 

The answer to this largely depends on the type and severity of the brain injury you’ve had. If you have a mild concussion, you should have no issue achieving full recovery. For the more serious types of brain injury, it depends on the type, quality, and speed of treatment. Also, even with the best treatment, your brain injury may be too severe to recover from.  

How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Brain Injury? 

Your recovery time will, again, largely depend on the type and severity of your brain injury. For mild concussions, the average recovery time is 7-10 days, with most people recovering from concussions within 1 month. For more severe brain injuries, most of the recovery time happens in the 2 years after the injury occurs, with the most crucial part of the recovery happening in the first 6 months. Some people even report recovery progress 5 – 10 years after the incident.  

For More Information, Take a Look at These Articles

How can I handle my own auto accident claim if I have a head or brain injury?

How can I figure out how much I’ll be paid for my brain injury in my auto accident claim? 

How can an attorney help me file my auto accident claim?

If my head hurts after a rear-end accident, what kind of doctor should I see?

Who pays for my doctor bills for my brain injury after a hit-and-run accident?

Who pays for the frustration and inconvenience after an auto accident? 

Can I claim for time I have to take off to repair my car after an auto accident?

What are the first steps I should take after I’ve been in a car accident? 

Can I make an auto accident claim if my injuries were small or I was hit at a low speed? 

How can I get my hospital bills for my concussion paid for when I was in an accident that wasn’t my fault? 

I was in a car accident and I am getting splitting headaches. What can I do? 

What can I expect to get paid after I’ve had a head injury in a car accident? 

How much should I expect to get paid if I’ve had a brain injury in a car accident? 

My head and neck heard. How can I get my doctor’s bills paid? 

What happens if I was in a rear-end accident and my head hurts? 

Why are DUI accidents the worst type of accidents to be in? 

Why did my airbags cause so many injuries in my T-Bone accident? 

Why are headaches one of the most common auto accident injuries?

Why are auto accident headaches different than normal headaches? What can I do about it? 

Brain Injury Resources Near You 

If you have had any type of TBI, there are resources available to you. In addition to going to your doctor, check out these organizations.  

Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix 

Unmasking Brain Injury, Arizona Chapter 

Brain Injury Alliance Arizona 

One Accord Physical Therapy, with offices in Gilbert, Mesa, and Phoenix 

 

 

 

 

 

Client Reviews

Get Help Now

At the Thompson Law Firm, we have more than 10 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their personal injuries, including brain injuries. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office.

If you have suffered a head or brain injury, contact Thompson Law Firm in Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in the greater Phoenix area including ChandlerGilbertMesaScottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.

Schedule A Free Case Consultation

Get in touch with us today for your free consultation.

Schedule Now

Our experienced attorneys offer comprehensive guidance on all personal injury matters by phone or video conference call.

Our team of lawyers work closely with their injury clients across Arizona, communicating clearly whilst offering reassurance and empathy through an often very difficult and emotional process. During the free consultation, our lawyers will discuss your concerns before creating a comprehensive plan for you, while also assessing the strength of your claim.

Call (480) 634-7480 & Speak To One Of Our Attorneys

Submit your information and we will reach out soon