Car Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Did you sustain a head injury in a car accident?

Car accidents are not only physically painful, but can have a lasting negative emotional effect on you, as well. While some individuals manage to walk away from car accidents with minor injuries, other people sustain injuries that affect them for the rest of their lives. An example of a serious injury caused by a car accident is a traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

A TBI is defined as an injury to the brain caused by external force that can lead to the impairment of cognitive abilities and / or physical functioning. TBIs can also hinder behavioral and emotional functioning and said impairments may either be temporary or permanent. Even though a person's skull may not be penetrated or fractured, the force the brain sustained can cause it to become injured in various ways.

A majority of TBIs are known as Closed Head Injuries, or CHIs. These are when trauma sets the brain in motion inside a person's skull. Depending on the extent and direction of force the brain sustained, it could be damaged in a multitude of ways such as surface contusions and twisting. While not all TBIs are serious, they can still result in life-altering injuries. Even subtle brain injuries can cause significant, permanent damage in a patient.

Symptoms of TBIs

In severe accidents, TBIs can be fatal. For those who survive TBIs, their symptoms can vary, depending on the extent of their injuries and the cause of the accident.

Some physical symptoms can include:

  • Seizures
  • Double Vision
  • Headaches
  • Balance Problems
  • Fatigue

Cognitive symptoms can include:

  • Short-Term Memory Loss
  • Spatial Disorientation
  • Trouble Concentrating
  • Organizational Problems
  • Hindered Ability to Process Information

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident caused by someone else's negligence and you believe you or your loved one sustained a TBI, it is imperative you seek medical attention immediately. Not only can they evaluate and treat any existing injuries, but they can help diagnose and treat any future injuries that could potentially arise days, weeks, or years after the accident.

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