Car accidents can result in a number of different injuries. Soft tissue injuries may take days or even weeks to manifest. Broken bones, which can take weeks or months to heal. And even injuries that are both hard to diagnose, harder to treat, and often completely overlooked in discussions about long-term impacts. Specifically, we are talking about injuries to the head that result in Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
When we talk about Traumatic Brain Injuries, we are talking about bumps, jolts, jars, or some other effect that results in damage to the brain. A Traumatic Brain Injury can manifest in a surprising number of ways.
What Kinds of Brain Injuries Can Occur in Car Accidents?
Perhaps the most visible Traumatic Brain Injury would be the result of a physical puncture of your skull and the brain tissue it protects. If a foreign object penetrates your brain, you have a Traumatic Brain Injury. This type of TBI is not the only form of Traumatic Brain Injury, though it is no doubt the least debatable, both regarding genesis, and concerning knowing that there is, in fact, a TBI present.
The more common type of Traumatic Brain Injury present in car accidents is not an open head wound type injury. When your head is whipped back and forth, or side to side, rapidly – as often happens in car accidents – your brain can bounce around inside your skull. The impact of your soft brain tissue against the hard bone of your skull can result in bruising, and other impact injuries to your brain. Consider putting Jello into a cup and shaking it around. The resulting mess is what happens when a soft material (Jello) bounces against a hard interior surface (cup).
Less Common Types of Brain Injuries That May Still Occur As a Result of a Car Accident
Another type of Traumatic Brain Injury that might be related to your car accident is when a blast of pressure washes through your body. In explosions, this is often referred to as overpressure. When a wave of pressure, from an explosion, for example, travels through your body it often results in incredible damage to air-filled cavities (ears, lungs) and organs suspended in fluids (your brain).
Lastly, you might be especially susceptible to brain damage if you are restricted from or completely unable to breathe for a period. After a short period without oxygen, your brain cells can begin to die. In fact, even if your oxygen supply is restored, your brain cells can die off over the course of a couple of days due to acidity levels rising as a result of the oxygen deprivation.
How Do I Know if I Have a Traumatic Brain Injury Because of My Car Accident?
Traumatic Brain Injuries can be difficult to diagnose. This point is especially true if it is not obvious immediately that you have suffered a TBI. TBI symptoms to look for in the days and weeks following a car accident would include:
- Blurred Vision
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Neck Pain
- Deep Sleep
- Dilated Pupils
- Hypersensitivity to Sound, Light, Touch, etc
- Children and infants might be unusually irritable or have changed sleep patterns, in addition to other symptoms on this list
If you have any of these symptoms and have recently been in a car accident, it is imperative that you seek medical attention. Then you should talk to a car crash attorney. A Traumatic Brain Injury might have life-long impacts, and you deserve to be compensated for any loss of function and income as both a result of the car accident and the resulting Traumatic Brain Injury.