The result of a brain injury can range in severity from mild to extremely serious and life-altering.
Lately, a lot of attention has been paid to the causes and the consequences of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that result from head trauma. A TBI is common in car accidents because the car stops, but due to inertia, the body continues in motion, making it more likely that passengers hit the window or the dashboard.
The result of a TBI can range in severity from mild to extremely serious and life-altering, which is why it is so important to spot the signs of a TBI.
The problem with most traumatic brain injuries is that they don’t surface right away and there are occasions where they go undiagnosed, making it problematic for someone who doesn’t see the symptoms to seek the necessary medical treatment.
If you are in a car accident and your head hits anything, or you have bruises appearing on or around your head, it is imperative that you investigate to know for sure that you haven’t sustained a head wound.
There most common types of brain and head injuries resulting from a car accident are:
Concussion – A concussion results when the head experiences trauma either from impact or a sudden movement that causes the brain to hit the sides of the skull. A concussion can cause confusion, blurry vision, memory loss, nausea and if the trauma is significant enough, it can lead to permanent damage .
Contusion – A brain suffers contusion when a bruise forms on the inside of it affecting the tissue. A contusion can happen after sudden impact, and it can range in severity from not at all serious to life-threatening. It is possible for a contusion to increase the risk for cardiovascular issues
Edema – Edema is most often caused by swelling of the brain. It can become extremely problematic if the edema is persistent and causes a build-up in the brain leading to pressure in the cranial cavity.
Whiplash – Whiplash is the consequence of the head moving back and then forward quickly. It results in damage from stretching tendons and muscles in the neck.
Hemorrhage – A hemorrhage is bleeding around the brain that can lead to increased pressure resulting in permanent brain damage.
Diffuse axonal injury – A shear injury, or diffuse axonal injury, doesn’t cause bleeding in the brain, but it does lead to damage of the brain cells. It is among the most dangerous kind of brain injury because it can result in long-lasting brain damage, and, in severe cases, even death.
Secondary Impact Syndrome – SIS is when there is a secondary brain injury that makes a first TBI that much more severe. It can lead to extreme swelling, and, sometimes, it can limit blood flood leading to death.
If you are in a car accident and think that you might have hit your head or are experiencing symptoms of a TBI, then it is imperative that you seek medical attention. To get the fair compensation that you deserve if you have suffered a TBI it is critical to speak with a St. Louis car accident attorney ASAP.