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Can a Car Accident Cause Epilepsy?

Can a Car Accident Cause Epilepsy?

You are driving on Fulton Street headed towards Liberty Park in New York when another driver slams into the back of your automobile. The collision results in you hitting your head against the driver-side window causing a serious head injury. A few days later, you suddenly suffer an epileptic seizure. Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common scenario many New York residents confront after a serious car accident.

So, the answer to the question, “can a car accident cause epilepsy?” is a resounding yes.

How a Head Injury Can Lead to Epilepsy

The human brain is highly sensitive and virtually any type of trauma, such as an open head wound or traumatic brain injury, can cause significant damage and life-altering side effects. One of those potential side effects is developing epilepsy or another seizure disorder.

Trauma to the brain is one of the primary causes of epilepsy and related seizure disorders. In fact, approximately five percent of all individuals who have suffered epilepsy were associated with a traumatic brain injury. Here is a startling statistic: you are 12 times more likely to suffer epilepsy within the first year following a serious car accident, or other incident, where you suffered a brain injury, relative to the rest of the population.

If you, or a loved one, suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident, a seizure can occur immediately after the trauma, or could occur a few days, weeks, or months after the initial injury.

What Exactly is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a disorder of the central nervous system where nerve cell activity in the brain is disrupted, according to the Mayo Clinic. This disruption then causes a seizure where you are at risk of experiencing loss of consciousness and other atypical behavior. An epileptic event may include staring blankly for a few seconds during a seizure. In other circumstances, you may wind up twitching your arms, legs, or other extremities over-and-over again.

Types of Head Injuries Commonly Associated with the Development of Epilepsy

If you suffered any type of trauma to your brain in an automobile accident, it could be the culprit causing your epilepsy. Nevertheless, the types of head injuries most often affiliated with the development of seizures include the following:

  • Fractured skull;
  • Open head wound;
  • Internal damage causing bleeding in your brain (also referred to as “subdural hemorrhage” and/or “epidural hemorrhage”); and
  • Tearing or shearing of the fibers in your brain resulting in a traumatic brain injury

The treatment associated with a diagnosed head wound or brain injury can be quite lengthy requiring multiple doctor visits and possibly surgery.

Consider Taking Legal Action

If you, or a family member, suffered a serious head injury in an auto accident and that head injury resulted in the development of epilepsy, take legal action sooner rather than later. Under New York law, an injured motorist typically only has three years from the date of the accident to file a legal action against the negligent motorist responsible for causing the harm.

To get a better idea of your legal options, contact a New York City personal injury lawyer experienced in handing car wreck cases. An experienced and skilled New York City injury attorney can review the facts of your particular case and advise you of your rights, including the viability of pursuing economic and non-economic damages in your case. All you have to do is schedule a free consultation with a NYC personal injury lawyer.

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