Reality show sensation and model Melyssa Ford recently sustained serious injuries, including injury to the brain and a fractured skull, after being involved in a collision with a big rig in Los Angeles. It was early afternoon when a semi truck merged into her vehicle, clipping her back end and causing her Jeep to roll over multiple times before coming to a stop upside down. She was treated on scene before being transported to an area hospital for surgery and further medical care.
Brain injuries are always serious and often fatal
According to data published by the CDC, more than 13,000 TBI-related deaths occurred as a result of a motor vehicle crash between the years of 2006 and 2010. Also, in 2013 more than 2 million emergency room visits were attributed to traumatic brain injury. Not all brain injuries result in skull fractures or open head wounds. Even a “mild” concussion is a brain injury that should be taken seriously, and health problems like strokes can cause bleeding in the brain that can damage neural tissues, leading to functioning being permanently affected. When the brain sustains too much trauma to continue to coordinate the body’s functions, they are often fatal.
Types of brain injury
There are several types of brain injury, and they may or may not occur together:
Concussion is a form of brain injury caused by a sudden shift in movement or sudden impact to the brain.
A contusion, or “brain bruise,” involves brain bleeding and may also be caused by sudden impact to the brain.
- Diffuse axonal injury
These injuries are common with motor vehicle accidents, and occur due to the brain being violently shaken or forcefully rotated.
- Penetrative brain injury
Penetrative brain injuries can also occur in motor vehicle accidents. These types of brain injuries involve a foreign object being forced into brain tissue.
- Coup-contrecoup injury
These brain injuries happen when the brain is damaged at the point of impact and on the opposite side of the point of impact, leading to dual contusions on the brain tissues.
Even after scars fade, the effects of an accident can remain
Long after the wounds have closed, the impact a car crash has on an injured person can remain. Brain injuries in particular can affect someone for the rest of their life. Memory problems and difficulty with executive functioning are common among people who have sustained brain injuries, and depending on the severity and extent of the injury, control over basic bodily functions may be limited or nonexistent. It is not uncommon for a brain injury to cause permanent disability.
A Los Angeles car accident lawyer can help if you’ve been injured
Being hurt in a car crash can have a long-lasting impact on your health and quality of life. If you are contemplating speaking to a Los Angeles car accident lawyer about your injuries, consider contacting Compass Law Group, LLP The skilled attorneys at Compass Law Group, LLP can evaluate your case for free, and will fight to get you the financial compensation you deserve.