When people think of the injuries that can occur during an automobile accident, lacerations and broken bones are the first that come to mind, as a car accident lawyer Morgantown, WV trusts can explain. Glass and sharp metal flying every which way can cause severe and even gruesome physical injuries. Head and brain injuries also occur during an automobile collision when the head strikes the side window, the windshield, the steering wheel or some other object. Being thrown from a vehicle can cause a person to hit their head on the concrete, a highway divider, a tree or some other hard object. Being thrown from a vehicle during an automobile rollover can also cause traumatic head and brain injuries. Head trauma, i.e., striking one’s head on “something” during an automobile accident is the leading cause of automobile accident fatalities.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Injuries resulting from automobile accidents can be severe and it is easy for medical personnel to overlook injuries that are not physical. The most serious of all non-physical injuries that may go undiagnosed by emergency room doctors attending to physical injuries are traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries can be as noticeable as being knocked unconscious to those that do not manifest themselves for weeks or even months after an automobile collision. The most common non-physical injury that occurs from an auto accident is a concussion.
Concussions can occur from a blow to the head or the sharp sudden movement of the brain within the skull. Symptoms that indicate one has suffered a concussion can be obvious or subtle. Obvious signs of a concussion are unconsciousness, headaches and nausea, seizures and amnesia. A severe head injury can even cause the victim to go into a coma and when eventually awakened experience amnesia. Subtle signs of a concussion can be confusion and difficulty thinking. Concussions from auto accidents can trigger a slow deterioration of the brain and the symptoms may take years to develop. When a person has been in an automobile accident and has suffered a blow to the head, it can be assumed that the blow may have also caused a concussion.
Nine times out of ten a person suffering from traumatic brain injury will not even know it, therefore, getting immediate medical attention after an automobile accident is imperative. Brain injuries can start out subtle and get progressively worse over time. No two traumatic brain injuries are alike and if TBI is suspected a person should seek psychological treatment. Even mild brain injuries can according to traumaticbraininjury.com result in, “a headache, difficulty thinking, memory problems, attention deficits, mood swings and frustration. These injuries are commonly overlooked in a physical examination. Even though this type of TBI is called “mild”, the effect on the family and the injured person can be devastating.” Other severe effects of TBI are a limited function of arms or legs, slurred speech, loss of the ability to concentrate and heightened emotions.
The upshot to all of this is that traumatic brain injuries often occur as a result of being involved in an automobile accident and such injuries can have a profound impact on one’s life. You can seek compensation from your traumatic brain injuries like any other injury. Make sure and receive emergency medical attention immediately following an automobile accident even if you think you are fine.
Thanks to our friends and contributors from Adams Legal Group, PLLC for their insight into brain injuries resulting from auto accidents.