Traumatic Brain Injuries and Car Collisions
March 21, 2019
Surprisingly, more than half of all traumatic brain injuries are sustained during car crashes. Brain injuries occur anytime a strong force pushes the head back and forth. The force of the sudden motion causes the brain to smash into the skull bone, which causes severe bruising and bleeding of the brain. Motor vehicle accidents are notorious for causing these serious types of injuries, so it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a potential brain injury and seek out treatment right away.
Types of Brain Injuries Caused by Automobile Accidents
Some types of brain injuries are more well-known than others. There a multiple types of brain injuries that fall under the category of traumatic brain injury that occur during car accidents. They include:
- Penetration injuries
- Coup-Contrecoup (contusions on both sides of the brain)
- Concussion (brain trauma caused by impact or sudden momentum)
- Diffuse Axonal (tearing of the brain structures)
- Contusion (bruising of the brain)
Symptoms and Signs of a TBI
Detecting a TBI is more difficult than often assumed. Sometimes, the victim can function normally directly after the injury despite the serious damage. In other situations, the victim may become completely unconscious for a number of minutes. It’s important to recognize that a loss of consciousness does not always occur during a brain injury, so using it as a standard to measure the severity of the injury is neither accurate nor advisable. The most common types of signs and symptoms to look out for after an accident includes:
- Difficulty thinking
- Memory Loss
- Delayed response times
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sensitivity to light or sounds
- Numbness in extremities
- Uneven or dilated pupils
- Slurred Speech
- Difficulty walking or balancing
What to do After an Accident
After an accident, it’s imperative to seek out prompt medical treatment. Directly following a crash, it’s normal to experience a rush of hormones that prevent you from fully comprehending the extent of your injuries. Due to the seriousness of brain injuries, it’s crucial to go to the hospital right away when you experience the symptoms and signs of a traumatic brain injury. If left untreated, then some TBIs can become fatal. Experienced medical professionals can run tests to determine whether an accident victim has sustained an injury to the brain.
Contact a West Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Traumatic Brain Injury Case in Florida
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a car accident in Florida? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. represent clients injured because of an auto accident in Lake Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Hollywood and throughout Florida. Call 561-268-0543 or email us to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 813 Lucerne AveLake Worth, FL 33460 as well as offices in 4701 N Federal Hwy #309 Pompano Beach, FL 33064.
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