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Car Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Brain Injuries from Car Accidents

One of the most severe and often overlooked consequences of a car accident is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). These injuries can range from mild concussions to severe cognitive impairments, affecting victims long after the crash. If you or someone you know has suffered a brain injury due to a car accident in Washington, DC, it’s essential to seek legal guidance. Speak with a dedicated car accident lawyer at Regan Zambri Long today to ensure your rights are protected, and you receive the compensation you deserve.

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Common Brain Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

multiple car accident daylightThe violent nature of car crashes makes brain injuries a common type of injury for accident victims. Approximately 17 percent of nonfatal TBIs are caused by car accidents. Brain injuries and brain damage resulting from car accidents can vary in type and severity. Some of the most common car accident traumatic brain injuries include:


A concussion is a fairly common car accident brain injury. A concussion occurs when the head or body is jarred in such a way that the brain moves back and forth quickly within the skull. Most people recover from minor concussions with little or no complications, but though they are called minor, they are still serious injuries. Multiple or frequent concussions can cause long-term brain damage.

Moderate and severe concussions can have physical and cognitive symptoms and may result in permanent, long-term conditions and even death. Not only will you potentially lose some brain and cognitive functions, but a serious concussion may also change the way you are able to interact with society and require rehab and/or modifications to your lifestyle.


A contusion is a kind of bruise, and brain bruises can be complicated. Though mild contusions can heal on their own, more serious contusions can require surgery. In addition to bruising, a brain contusion may also result in pain and swelling. For the most serious cases, blood clots in the brain and speech, memory, and cognitive impairment are all possible resulting conditions.

Diffuse Axonal

A severe kind of concussion, a diffuse axonal is when brain structures tear from a severe head rotation. Permanent conditions including seizures, severe headaches, migraines, and memory loss can result from this kind of head injury. Diffuse axonal injuries frequently cause comas and injuries or complications in various areas of the brain.


Car accident victims can be at high risk for penetration injuries, given the amount of debris car crashes generate. When an object penetrates the skull and brain, it is easy to notice but can be complicated to treat. Talk to a DC car injury lawyer to learn your options.


Coup-contrecoup brain injuries occur when an injury is present on both sides of the brain. This generally occurs when the brain experiences sudden movement within the skull. Car accidents can easily cause coup-contrecoup injuries through whiplash.

Acquired Brain Injuries

While many brain injuries from car accidents result from trauma directly to the head or brain, some are the result of other injuries. Loss of blood or lack of oxygen from lung, rib, or throat injuries can all lead to complications for the brain. So even if you don’t see immediate brain damage from a car accident, you still need to seek medical attention to ensure that you don’t have any secondary brain injuries.

Car Accident-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries in Children and Teens

Brain injuries are bad for everyone, regardless of age; however, children and teens can be more susceptible to permanent or long-term effects since their brains are still developing.

Additionally, the effects of car accident head injuries may not be as readily apparent in kids and teens. If the affected area of the brain is responsible for abstract thinking, for example, the consequences may not be noticeable until the child reaches the age when they begin to use and understand abstract thoughts.

Although younger brains may have the upper hand in being able to forge new pathways and connections, potentially adapting the brain damage better than fully-developed adult brains, research is still exploring this idea.

Regardless, if your child has been in a car accident, you must take him or her to a doctor as soon as possible to be evaluated for brain injury or damage. Even if you were not involved in the accident, you are still able to seek compensation on behalf of your child. Regan Zambri Long will partner with you to pursue your child’s rights. You can schedule your free case evaluation online or by calling 202-960-4596.

Signs and Symptoms of TBIs from Car Accidents

Regardless of the particular type of traumatic brain injury, a car accident leaves you with, the signs, symptoms, and resulting conditions of brain injuries share significant overlap. These include:

  • Loss of memory or ability to retain information
  • Shortened attention span
  • Poor judgment and/or problem-solving
  • Paralysis or weakness
  • Trouble with balance
  • Tremors
  • Loss of coordination or fine motor control
  • Losses or changes in any or all senses
  • Trouble with limb awareness in relation to your body
  • Difficulty with speech or understanding others
  • Difficulty reading, writing, or choosing the right words
  • Difficulty or impairment with basic daily tasks
  • Challenges with social interaction, including making and retaining friends or understanding social nuances
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Dizziness and headaches
  • Personality changes including depression and anxiety, decreased motivation, and irritability
  • Loss of inhibitions on expressions of anger, frustration, or cursing

The effects of car accident head injuries can be varied and depend largely on the facts of the accident. But the list above shows that the long-term effects can range from mildly inconvenient to life-altering. Regardless of where your traumatic brain injury falls on the scale, you are entitled to compensation from the person whose negligence caused you injuries.

Can I heal from a traumatic brain injury?

The human brain is a wonder, one that science is still exploring. Therefore, complete healing and recovery from a traumatic brain injury varies from case to case.

In minor injuries that receive treatment quickly, many victims recover fully and have little to no long-term complications.
Severe brain injuries will often cause some kind of long-term effect, though not all effects are disabling.

In some cases, the brain learns to work around the permanent injury and compensate for the damage, in other cases the victim must learn to cope with the loss of functions.

Although it’s impossible to guarantee full recovery from any brain damage from car accidents, Regan Zambri Long can guarantee that our team of experienced brain injury lawyers will pursue your case with all the resources we have. Maximum financial compensation for your car accident and brain injuries can make a difference in your recovery. When the liable party has been held accountable and provided you with the compensation you deserve, you can focus on your healing and recovery instead of worrying about medical expenses and lost wages. Schedule your free case evaluation today and take the first step toward justice for you or your loved one.

Why Do I Need a Brain Injury Attorney After My Car Accident?

The simplest reason to hire a brain injury attorney after a car accident is to ensure that you get the maximum financial compensation you deserve. Medical expenses in general can easily land you in financial debt, but brain injuries from car accidents may be more likely to have lasting physical and financial consequences.

In a minor car accident with minor injuries, you may not need to pursue legal action. If you or a loved one suffers a mild concussion that will heal on its own, a claim with your own insurance may be enough to financially cover you. But when a car accident leaves you with catastrophic brain injuries, you’ll almost always want to file a personal injury lawsuit to ensure that you have the financial resources available for your current and future medical needs.

An experienced brain injury lawyer will carry the burden of your claim so that you can focus on recovering and adjusting to any permanent changes your brain injury has caused.

Three Things to Look For in Your Brain Injury Attorney

Choosing a personal injury law firm or lawyer to handle your brain injury case is not as simple as hiring the first brain injury lawyer you find. You need an attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable in brain injury suits, one who has a track record of success with brain injury cases, and one who is willing and able to take your case to court if a settlement cannot be reached.

  • You should be able to verify a potential brain injury lawyer’s knowledge and experience both by reviewing his or her website and asking in person. Your attorney should be able to help you clearly understand what is going on in your case.
  • You should also be able to verify a potential lawyer’s success by looking at case results and testimonials on the website. If an attorney does not have any results or testimonials listed or if the attorney doesn’t have any brain injury cases listed, you may want to get a consultation with another lawyer.
  • Finally, you’ll want to ask potential attorneys about their experiences going to trial. The unfortunate reality is that it may be a long and hard process to recover the compensation you are owed. You need a personal injury lawyer who is willing and able to step up on your behalf and fight tooth and nail until you win. An attorney with minimal trial experience or who prefers settling outside of court may not be the best representation for your interests.

Your brain injury attorney is going to be working closely with you and, in some cases, making decisions on your behalf without being able to consult you beforehand. Therefore, it’s crucial that you have complete faith in your attorney. An experienced, accessible attorney in your corner is invaluable to your car accident head injury case.

Your Car Accident TBI Lawyer for Washington, DC, and Beyond

At Regan Zambri Long, we know that car accident head injuries can require long-term commitment. Our experienced legal team is dedicated to pursuing the compensation you deserve, no matter how long it may take. We know the financial compensation is not only justice for you, but it can make all the difference in your recovery and quality of life after your traumatic brain injury from a car crash.

We practice throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, and we are ready to take on your case. With decades of cumulative experience, we have a track record of success and satisfied clients whose testimonials will set your mind at ease. We’ve recovered millions of dollars for our car accident head injury clients, including a $10.6 million settlement featured in Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

Our team is consistently recognized by peers and press alike as top-tier lawyers. We bring the personal connection of a small law firm with the financial backing of a large firm, meaning you will get the one-on-one attention your case deserves without having to pay out of pocket for it. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t collect any fees until we’ve recovered compensation on your behalf.

If you or your loved one have suffered brain injuries from a car accident, Regan Zambri Long is here to help. Call us today at 202-960-4596 for your free consultation.

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