Massachusetts and Rhode Island Head Injury Attorney
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident and sustained any type of head injury, you could be facing serious, long-term consequences. Head injuries – from facial injuries to internal bleeding – often leave victims with lasting damage, and their physical and emotional scars frequently impact their lives in ways they could not have previously imagined.
When you suffer a head injury in an auto accident, your losses will begin to pile up quickly, and there are important steps you need to take in order to protect your right to maximum compensation. At Bottaro Law, we represent head injury victims throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. If someone else caused your accident, we can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. To find out if you have a claim, we encourage you to call us at (401) 777-7777 for a free initial consultation.
Types of Accident-Related Head Injuries that May Entitle You to Compensation
The following are the most common types of head injuries in motor vehicle accidents:
Injuries to the Ears, Eyes, Nose, and Mouth
Hitting your head or injuring your neck in a vehicle accident can cause damage to your ears. Even a low-speed crash is enough to rupture the fragile structure of the inner ear, leading to symptoms such as headaches, irritation in the ear, the sensation of water in the ear, and when the fluid goes down the Eustachian tube, an itching sensation in the throat. More-serious consequences can include cognition problems, loss of balance, difficulty remembering, and other neurological effects.
While airbags save lives, they also have the potential to cause some serious injuries – and the eyes are particularly vulnerable. Eye injuries commonly caused by airbag deployment include cataracts (clouding of the lens), retina damage, bleeding within the eye, and rupture of the eyeball. These injuries often require surgery, and in severe cases can lead to blindness.
Besides airbag-related injuries, accident victims often suffer eye injuries due to broken glass, flying debris and impacts with other parts of the vehicle. In addition to those listed above, eye injuries from these causes may include corneal abrasion, traumatic iritis, and orbital fractures.
Nose fractures are common injuries in motor vehicle accidents, as are blood clots, swelling and bruising, and obstruction of the nasal airways. The forces in even a low-speed collision are more than enough to cause a broken nose. Signs that you may have a broken nose include: nasal bleeding, bruising around the eyes, facial swelling, trouble breathing through the nose, and loss of sense of smell.
Jaw and Tooth Injuries
Common jaw injuries in auto accidents include fractures of the mandible (the lower jaw) and injuries to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is the joint that connects the mandible to the skull immediately in front of the ears. Accident victims regularly suffer broken teeth and loss of teeth as well.
Along with ear, eye, nose, and mouth injuries, accident victims can suffer from a variety of other facial injuries. Abrasions, severe lacerations, and burns can all leave victims with permanent scarring and disfigurement – which often have life-changing consequences.
Open and Closed Head Injuries
Accident victims may also suffer traumatic head injuries that impact the brain and skull. These are generally referred to as either (i) open head injuries, or (ii) closed head injuries. An open head injury occurs when an object fractures and penetrates the skull, making physical contact with the brain. With a closed head injury, a traumatic impact (such as hitting the windshield or steering wheel) causes either temporary or permanent brain damage. You can read more about these types of injuries on our Traumatic Brain Injuries page linked below.
You should note that, in many cases, even “minor” accidents can have major effects. As a result, you should always see a doctor after being involved in a collision.
More Information about Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
When filing a personal injury claim for injuries suffered in a vehicle accident, it is critical that you know the full extent of your physical, financial, and emotional harm. At Bottaro Law, we work with trusted medical experts who can diagnose all of your accident-related injuries. Click the links below to learn more about other common injuries that may entitle you to financial compensation:
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At The Bottaro Law Firm, we are committed to helping accident victims in Massachusetts and Rhode Island recover maximum compensation for their injuries. To get started with your claim, schedule a free consultation today.