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The Link between Car Accidents & Strokes

Car accidents can lead to a host of different injuries, including ones such as bruises, abrasions, broken bones, and neck injuries. If you’ve suffered a concussion, whiplash, brain hemorrhage or other injury during a car accident, you could also be at risk of having a stroke.

Studies show that some injuries can cause delayed on-set strokes at any time, even months or years after an accident. If you believe you’ve suffered a stroke as a result of injuries you sustained from a car accident, our Bay Area car accident attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.   

What is a Stroke?

When blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to the brain become blocked by ruptures or blood clots, parts of the brain cannot get blood and oxygen that they need and brain cells begin to die. This results in a brain disease, commonly known as a stroke, which can lead to further injuries or even death.

What Are Some Causes of a Stroke?

High blood pressure is the number one cause of strokes, but they can also be caused by blood clots and blocked arteries, hemorrhages or leaks and ruptures of blood vessels in the brain, and physical trauma to the body and brain, such as injuries that occur during a car crash.

Injuries to the neck and skull, such as whiplash or concussions, can cause tearing of the soft tissue and arteries in the neck. These tears can stop blood, oxygen, and nutrients from getting to the brain. This can increase your risk of a stroke by three times after a traumatic injury from a car accident.

In addition, head trauma which may seem like just a bump at first, can cause pooling of blood in the brain tissue resulting in a hematoma, called a brain hemorrhage. The mass of blood can put pressure on the brain tissue, minimizing blood flow and eventually causing a stroke.

Strokes Following a Car Accident

In some cases, a stroke can happen as a result of a car accident, weeks, months, or even years after the car crash. The symptoms from injuries to the arteries and blood vessels may not show up for months after the initial injuries during a car accident. Ask your auto insurance company if your car is also covered.

It’s extremely important to see a medical doctor immediately after a car accident to rule out any obvious injuries that might potentially cause a stroke, as well as keep a record for your insurance claim. Strokes from bodily trauma can occur years after an accident, so it’s important to be prepared in every way.

How Can You Get Compensation for a Stroke After a Car Accident?

Your medical records, treatments, medical tests, and doctor’s notes all serve as evidence of your stroke being related to the injuries you sustained during the car accident. Insurance companies will take all this into consideration when trying to decide if your stroke was directly related to the accident.

Your car accident lawyer will work with medical experts and your insurance company to determine if your stroke was caused by your car accident. Your auto accident attorney will also work to get you the maximum settlement, so you can move on with your life knowing you received the compensation you deserve.