Suffering a catastrophic injury can happen faster than most people in California realize. While the accident might be over in the blink of an eye, the resulting trauma often lasts a lifetime. This is especially true for car accident victims who suffer traumatic brain injuries.

A traumatic brain injury is the result of an external force, such as a car accident, which causes serious damage with or without damage to the skull. Concussions are probably one of the most well-known types of traumatic brain injuries, although few people take them as seriously as they should. A concussion is more than just dealing with a bit of dizziness or confusion. People who suffer severe concussions often have permanent damage.

The impact of a car accident typically causes a person’s body — including his or her brain — to drastically shake or whip around. This can cause a diffuse axonal injury, another type of traumatic brain injury that typically causes lifelong damage. A diffuse axonal injury is when brain structures are torn by the skull. Diffuse axonal injuries affect everyone a little differently, but common problems include permanent brain damage and coma.

A single car accident is all it takes to drastically alter the course of a person’s life. Living with traumatic brain injurieschanges things, sometimes limiting employment options or even the ability to care for oneself. This can be an extremely isolating experience. However, victims in California have the option to pursue personal injury lawsuits, which allow them to seek necessary compensation while also holding negligent drivers responsible for their actions.