What Is a Brain Stem Injury After a Collision?

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A brain stem injury may arise after you aggressively strike your head against an outside force, or vice versa. For this reason, this is a possible injury after an auto collision. This is because the impact of colliding with another motor vehicle or other outside force may cause you to bang your head against the steering wheel, dashboard, airbag, headrest, window, or windshield. Without further ado, read on to discover more about brain stem injuries after a collision and how a seasoned Houston, Texas auto accident lawyer at White Personal Injury can help you fully recover.

What is a brain stem injury vs. a traumatic brain injury after a collision?

For one, a traumatic brain injury is an injury caused by a violent blow, jolt, or external force to the head that is strong enough to move the brain within the skull. Now, this causes significant swelling to the brain. But a traumatic brain injury may be classified as a closed brain injury, in that the external force does not penetrate or break the skull. So, with a still closed skull, there is only so much room where this swelling can move or expand.

This is when a brain stem injury may result. That is, the brain’s swelling may apply great pressure on the brain stem, which is the structure that connects the cerebrum to the spinal cord and cerebellum. This is when damage may occur; meaning you may not incur a brain stem injury immediately after your collision but in the days, weeks, or even months following. This is why you must monitor your symptoms and seek medical attention following this event.

What should I do if I incur such a catastrophic injury?

Without question, there is no reason for you to suffer the effects of your brain stem injury alone. Rather, you should hold the negligent driver or party of your collision accountable via a personal injury claim.

With this, you must provide the Texas court with a sufficient amount of evidence that ties your brain stem injury directly to the collision event. Importantly, you must start collecting this evidence while still at the scene of your collision. Examples are as follows:

  • Photos and videos of your visible bodily injuries and car damages at the scene.
  • A police report by the law enforcement officer who responded to the scene.
  • Oral and written testimonies from eyewitnesses at the scene.
  • Medical records from EMTs who treated you at the scene.
  • Medical records from medical professionals who treated you in the emergency room.
  • Medical bills from your ambulance ride to the ER and your stay at the hospital.

To ensure justice reigns, it is in your best interest to retain the services of a competent Harris County, Texas personal injury lawyer. Contact White Personal Injury today.

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