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    Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Along with fractures and soft tissue injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are among the most common types of injuries sustained by victims of auto accidents. A TBI can cause serious complications that may lead to permanent disability. The exorbitant medical expenses, therapy requirements, and ongoing care needs of patients with a TBI makes it even more critical to consult an auto accident attorney. A lawyer can help car crash victims obtain maximum compensation for their injuries.

    Penetrating Head Injuries

    As the name implies, a penetrating head injury is a TBI that involves the penetration of a foreign object into the brain. For example, a shard of glass from the windshield may penetrate the skull of a driver or passenger. Since a penetrating head injury involves damage to a particular area of the brain, the symptoms will correspond with the functions of that area of the brain.

    Closed Head Injuries

    Closed head injuries involve trauma to the brain that was caused by the impact of the head against an object, but that did not involve the penetration of an object through the skull. For example, a passenger may strike his or her head against the dashboard. A closed head injury may cause primary or secondary brain damage.

    Primary Brain Damage

    Although an object does not penetrate the skull with a closed head injury, the skull may still suffer a fracture. Other types of primary brain damage can include contusions, hematomas, and lacerations of the lobes or blood vessels of the brain. Auto accident lawyers also represent victims who have suffered nerve damage to the brain.

    Secondary Brain Damage

    The symptoms of a TBI can change over time. New symptoms may arise, for example. It’s important for victims to keep their lawyers apprised of new symptoms, or secondary brain damage. These complications can include edema, epilepsy, infection, anemia, cardiac changes, lung problems, and nutritional challenges.

    The Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers is devoted solely to representing victims of auto accidents. Contact our law firm today at (703) 330-6300 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case and your legal options. Our auto accident law firm proudly serves residents of Woodbridge, Dale City, Prince William, and beyond. 

    Treating Long Standing Injuries Following a Car Accident

    Last updated 4 months ago

    It is not uncommon for car accident injuries to last for months or even years following the incident. Sometimes injuries can manifest themselves long after the accident occurs, when people think they are fine. The truth is, even small accident can cause injuries to soft tissue. These soft tissue injuries can become permanent and may even haunt you for the rest of your life. Doctors and chiropractors who specialize in soft tissue injuries can assess your injuries and recommend treatment to relieve your long-standing pain and suffering. 

    The statute of limitations in a personal injury matter generally expires two years from the date the accident occurred. If you have been dealing with long-standing injuries following a car accident, contact the auto accident attorneys at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers at (703) 330-6300. Our personal injury lawyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering from an auto accident. 

    Learning How to Safely Drive on the Highway

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Driving on the highway is the fastest and most efficient way to get around town and travel around the country. However, high speeds and the amount of traffic also make highway driving more dangerous than city driving. The first tip to driving safely on the highway is to use the merging lane to build up speed so you can blend in with the cars that are already on the highway. On the highway, use the left lane for passing only. Whenever you change lanes, check your blind spots and put on your turn signal to indicate the lane change. 

    Watch this video for more highway driving tips. If you are injured in an auto accident on the highway, contact the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers. Since 1993, Kevin Paul Childers has been one of the leading auto accident lawyers in the Woodbridge, VA area. Call (703) 330-6300 to schedule your initial consultation with auto accident lawyer Kevin Paul Childers. 

    Treating Different Types of Scar Injuries

    Last updated 5 months ago

    After filing a personal injury lawsuit with the help of your auto accident attorney, you may accrue additional expenses related to the crash. For example, some auto accident victims experience new symptoms or complications related to their medical conditions. It’s also quite common for victims of severe lacerations to develop significant scarring, which can sometimes be disfiguring. Keep your auto accident lawyer informed of any scarring injuries, including the costs associated with treating them.

    Over-the-Counter Treatments

    Minor scars may sometimes be treatable with over-the-counter topical treatments, such as ointments or creams. If these are ineffective, you might consider visiting a dermatologist to obtain a prescription for a stronger topical application, such as antihistamine creams. Be sure to keep all receipts for the purchase of scar treatment products and visits to a dermatologist or other professional. Your auto accident attorney can include those costs in your demands for compensatory damages.


    Victims of car crashes may develop keloid or hypertrophic scars. Hypertrophic scars are raised, red areas. Keloid scars are persistent scars that spread beyond the area of original injury. Steroid injections can be helpful for treating both types of scars. They are often used in conjunction with another treatment.

    Surgical Options

    For very deep or extensive scarring, surgery may be the only effective option. Surgery is also recommended for those who suffer from scarring that inhibits movement or causes other functional problems, and for those who have been disfigured. A plastic surgeon may perform skin grafting, excision, or laser surgery. Dermabrasion may also help.

    Disfiguring scarring from injuries sustained in an auto accident can cause severe mental anguish, reducing an individual’s quality of life and inhibiting his or her ability to enjoy daily activities. If you sustained serious scar injuries in an auto accident, contact the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers to learn more about filing a lawsuit for compensatory damages. Families in Woodbridge, Dale City, and Prince William, VA can contact our auto accident attorney at (703) 330-6300. 

    Gathering Evidence from an Auto Accident Scene

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Even the most careful of drivers can fall prey to reckless, distracted, or drunk drivers on the road. After an auto accident occurs and you have notified emergency responders, there are a few steps you should take to protect your legal and financial interests. Your auto accident attorney will need to know basic information about the vehicles, drivers, and passengers involved. You can help your auto accident lawyer build a strong case on your behalf by obtaining important information and documenting the scene of the crash.

    Obtaining Contact Information

    As long as you are not seriously injured and are able to move, approach the driver of the other vehicle. Obtain his or her full name and contact information. Additionally, make a note of the make and model of the vehicle, and its license plate number. Look around for possible witnesses to the auto accident. Approach them and ask for their contact information.

    Exchanging Insurance Information

    You and the other driver should exchange insurance information. At this time, many drivers make the mistake of discussing the accident with the other driver or apologizing for the crash. It’s in your best interests to avoid making any statements to the other driver or to any witnesses about the circumstances of the crash. These statements may sometimes be misconstrued as admissions of guilt.

    Taking Photographs of the Scene

    After obtaining basic information for your auto accident lawyer, take photographs of the crash scene. Photograph the damage inflicted on your own vehicle and all other involved vehicles. You can also take photographs of your injuries.

    Writing Notes About the Auto Accident

    Auto accident lawyers recommend writing down notes about the crash shortly afterward. Write down details such as which direction you were going, whether the other driver was tailgating you or driving recklessly, and what the road conditions were like.

    If you have been the victim of an auto accident, you can get the help you need from the friendly team at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers. Residents of Dale City, Prince William, and Woodbridge, VA can call (703) 330-6300 to schedule a free consultation at our office or by phone. We also encourage auto accident victims to browse the personal injury information available on our website.

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