Head Injuries

In any significant car accident there is the risk of sustaining a head injury. Unfortunately, injuries to the head often go undiagnosed in the time period immediately following an accident. The nature and extent of a traumatic brain injury can be difficult to determine, especially right after the trauma has occurred. Often symptoms do not fully manifest for days if not weeks or months following the incident that led to injury. With any injury claim, but especially with any claim involving injuries to your head and/or spine, it is important to wait until you are fully aware of what your injuries are before you even attempt to negotiate a settlement. Keep track of symptoms and speak to those close to you about any ways in which they believe you are acting different.


A common head injury we see in clients who have been involved in a car accident is a mild traumatic brain injury or MTBI. This label can be misleading, as MBTI can be anything but “mild”. The definition of a mild traumatic brain injury as defined by The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation is any person who has had a traumatically induced physiological disruption of brain function as manifested by at least one of the following:

  1. Any period of loss of consciousness;
  2. Any loss of memory for events immediately before or after the accident;
  3. Any alteration in mental state at the time of the accident
  4. Focal neurological deficit that may or may not be transient but where the severity of the injury does not exceed the following
    1. Loss of consciousness of approximately 30 minutes or less
    2. After 30 minutes, an initial Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) of 13-15; and
    3. Posttraumatic amnesia (PTA) not greater than 24 hours


If you think you may have suffered a head injury as the result of a motor vehicle accident contact your doctor immediately and make sure you relay all information to the attorney handling your injury claim. Also, be patient. Wait until enough time has passed to be fully aware of any and all symptoms you may be experiencing. Wait until you have had the chance to meet with your medical professionals. And wait until you have had the opportunity to consult with an experienced injury attorney in your local area to discuss all of your options.