Suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) after being rear-ended is, unfortunately, quite common. According to one article published by The Washington Post, roughly 1.7 million rear-end crashes in the U.S. each year result in approximately 1,700 fatalities and 500,000 passenger injuries.
One Virginia Case
In one Virginia case settled recently, plaintiff suffered a concussion and a TBI. Plaintiff was stopped in the left turn lane of a local highway. She was rear-ended by another driver.
Plaintiff believed at the time that there was no injury, although admitting feeling dazed and confused. Over the ensuing 48 hours, plaintiff developed continuing confusion, headaches, light sensitivity and pain in the neck, back and shoulders. Five days after the crash, plaintiff visited her primary care physician, and was diagnosed with a concussion. One month later, plaintiff was referred to a neurologist due to continuing confusion and headaches. Despite neurological treatment, plaintiff continued to experience cognitive symptoms, with only mild improvement for several years. [Read more…]