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Whiplash in an auto accident can cause traumatic brain injury

Victims of car accidents can suffer a range of injuries, some of which could remain hidden and undiagnosed for weeks or even longer. Many crash victims in New York are unaware of the damage the whiplash motion of the head could cause. Traumatic brain injury can occur even without the head striking the steering wheel, dashboard or windshield.

The rapid back and forth, and side-to-side motions of the head cause the brain to smash into the inner walls of the skull. Of course, blunt force trauma to the head could cause more severe brain injuries. However, these are typically diagnosed because bruising, lacerations or penetration wounds are apparent. Invisible brain injuries are those the happen when the brain is bruised from striking the skull's hard interior.

A traumatic brain injury can have long-lasting consequences that could affect every avenue of the victim's life, and usually also the lives of his or her loved ones. In some cases, the injured person is unable to return to his or her previous occupation. Along with ongoing medical expenses, the loss of wages could harm the victim's financial stability.

An experienced New York personal injury attorney can help fight for maximum damage recovery for brain injury victims. If the car accident was caused by the negligence of a motorist or by a manufacturing defect in the vehicle, legal counsel can explain the options for legal recourse. Any monetary judgment achieved can be used to cover past and future expenses and damages related to the accident.

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