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How can car accidents cause traumatic brain injuries?

On Behalf of | Feb 24, 2022 | Car Accidents |

Whether you were in a fender bender or a catastrophic car accident in Indiana, you may suffer from a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries can have a long-term impact on your life, your career and your ability to engage in hobbies.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, brain injuries cause 60,611 deaths and were involved in 223,050 hospitalizations in one year alone. That equates to nearly 166 fatalities every day. Knowing more about brain injuries and damage may help to minimize your risk of suffering from a serious injury.

What are traumatic brain injuries?

If you experience a sudden impact while you are driving, such as getting hit by another vehicle, it can cause the soft brain tissue to hit against the interior skull bone. This may result in brain bruising, bleeding and inflammation depending on the force of impact and the area that is damaged. While some trauma may be noticeable right after the accident occurred, other injuries may take days or weeks to show up, as brain inflammation and cellular damage continue to worsen.

What are the symptoms of a brain injury?

Symptoms of brain damage vary from mild to severe. Some trauma may start out as mild, then progress to more severe symptoms as time goes on. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, common signs of mild brain trauma include the following:

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Changes in mood
  • Difficulty remembering events, planning or concentrating
  • Sensory deficiencies, such as blurred vision or ringing in the ears
  • Headaches
  • Loss of consciousness for a short time

Moderate to severe signs of trauma may involve tingling in the extremities, weak muscles, nausea and vomiting, slurred speech, increased confusion, seizures, trouble sleeping and increased agitation.

It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after an accident occurs. Once brain trauma is diagnosed, a team of medical professionals can customize a treatment plan.