Car Accident Related Traumatic Brain Injuries are Very Serious

notebook page with text saying Traumatic Brain Injury on a table with a stethoscope and a pen | car accident related traumatic brain injuriesAccording to a May 21st announcement from the Larimer County Coroner’s Office, the young man who was involved in an accident in south Fort Collins earlier this month, has tragically passed away.

Around 6 a.m. on the morning of May 12th, 22-year-old Wellington resident, Dylin Baker, was driving west on Carpenter Road when his Subaru Legacy struck the side panel of an eastbound truck, and then crashed into an eastbound Audi A4.

The injured 22-year-old was taken to UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies and according to the coroner’s office, passed away from a traumatic brain injury the following day. 

According to the Fort Collins Police Department, the other two people involved in the accident, both males in their 30’s, were also injured but did not suffer serious, life-threatening injuries. 

Traumatic brain injuries are all too common as a result of car accidents. And while they’re not always as serious as what happened in this sad news story, it’s important to be aware that even fairly minor head injuries can have very serious and life changing consequences

Car Accidents Cause Different Types of TBIs

While many different types of injuries can be sustained in motor vehicle accidents, traumatic brain injuries are often of great concern, for understandable reasons. Our brains are, of course, very important.  

But because of the inherent complexity of the brain as an organ, it can sometimes be difficult to determine just how serious a brain injury may be. As the tragic case above illustrates, it’s important to err on the side of caution, and get a medical evaluation anytime there is even a chance that you may have suffered a TBI.

Here are some of the most common types of traumatic brain injuries that occur as a result of a motor vehicle accidents, and well as common symptoms that you should watch out for, should you ever potentially be injured in a collision:

Common TBIs and Their Symptoms

  • Concussion – Any head injury that affects the way the brain functions for a temporary amount of time, is generally defined as a concussion. Symptoms of a concussion can include memory loss, headaches, changes in mood, difficulties with normal brain function such as thinking or concentration, sleep difficulties, trouble with balance, nausea and loss of consciousness.
  • Cerebral contusion – a contusion occurs when the actual tissue of the brain becomes bruised, and this can sometimes result in long term injury and life-threatening medical emergencies. Symptoms can be wide-ranging and include everything from headaches and dizziness to full loss of consciousness and seizures. 
  • Coup and contrecoup injuries – A coup injury occurs underneath the side of the skull where the head made contact with the object that caused the injury. A contrecoup injury occurs on the opposite side of where the coup injury occurred, and is typically believed to be caused by the backwards movement of the head bouncing off of the object it hit, causing the brain to crash into the interior of the skull, causing a contusion. 
  • Diffuse axonal injury – Diffuse axonal injuries or DAIs occur when there are widespread lesions in the brain that actually shear brain axons (long nerve fibers in the brain responsible for conducting electrical impulses). In severe injuries, this can be an immediate shearing, or it can be the result of a slower degeneration over a longer period of time. DAI is believed to be a main cause of unconsciousness and often can result in comas.
  • Penetrating head injury – These unfortunate injuries are exactly what they sound like; a head injury where the actual dura mater of the brain is penetrated by an outside object, but the object does not leave the skull. A very famous example can be found in the story of Phineas Gage, who survived a traumatic head injury in the 19th century that destroyed his left frontal lobe, making him a medical curiosity


Contact a Fort Collins Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer 

Fowler Injury LawThe Fowler Law Firm has the experience and resources needed to tackle personal injury cases both big and small. Insurance companies notoriously play hardball with accident survivors. They do not want to pay them what they need to recover. That is why we fight so aggressively for our clients. We can protect your rights to pursue compensation after an injury accident. Call us today at (970) 232-3322 or fill out our confidential contact form for more information. We offer free consultations because we want to learn more about you personally. Call us or come in for a free review of your case. 


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