Rollovers and Traumatic Brain Injuries
Whenever a driver or passenger is involved in any accident and especially a rollover accident, the head, spinal cord and one's brain often suffer permanent damage. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are sometimes the result of severe impact to the head to the ceiling or roof of the vehicle, impact with the door frame, roof pillars, the dash and even the steering wheel.
While modern airbags lessen one's changes of severe impact with hard objects inside the vehicle, airbags do little to protect the person when the roof and roof pillars come crashing into their once space of safety. When this happens, spinal cord injuries, paraplegia, quadriplegia, closed head injuries and traumatic brain damage can occur. These roof collapse crushing into the head type scenarios also are often associated with serious neurological damage. TBIs can cause a range of troubling and even disabling symptoms, Loss of consciousness, weakness, confusion and even hallucinations. Although rare, individuals who experience a TBI, especially when two are sustained in rapid order, may experience psychotic episodes following the incident. Since individuals involved in rollover accidents are at a higher likelihood of sustaining TBIs, these individuals may be particularly susceptible to developing psychosis.
Signs of Traumatic Brain Injuries from a Rollover May Include:
- Loss of consciousness (LOC) lasting from several minutes to hours
- Persistent headache
- Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
- Inability to awaken from sleep
- Weakness in hand and fingers
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
- Weakness or numbness in feet or toes
- Loss of hand - eye and limb coordination
Cognitive or mental symptoms
- Slurred speech
- Disorders of consciousness
- Other unusual behavior
Resulting psychosis is often difficult to diagnose because it must first be determined if the hallucinations are actually coming from another psychiatric disorder unassociated with the TBI. A much more frequent complication associated with TBI includes chronic headaches, especially migraines, which are sometimes reported to be associated with the following forms of hallucinations:
- Visual hallucinations
- Olfactory hallucinations
- Gustatory hallucinations
- Auditory hallucinations
When TBI results from a rollover accident and the victim develops troubling issues like psychosis, permanent brain damage or other cognitive damages, then skilled legal representation may be critical in gaining financial restitution for these injuries..
Contact a Rollover Accident Lawyer Today
At Rollover Lawyer, our lawyers understand how devastating traumatic brain injuries can be, especially when hallucinatory symptoms result. Our legal team helps victims pursue financial restitution from manufacturers when injuries are sustained during a rollover accident in an SUV.
To discuss the details of your case with one of our experienced rollover lawyers today, please call 1-800-883-9858