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Even a minor vehicle crash can be enough to cause TBI

You might think that traumatic brain injuries are more common to athletes than to the general population.

However, TBI is more often the result of a motor vehicle crash, although this type of injury may not be immediately apparent.

Types of traumatic brain injury

There are two forms of TBI. The open form refers to penetration by a foreign object that enters the skull and then the brain. The closed form, which is more common, occurs when the head strikes something like the steering wheel or windshield. If another vehicle hits your car from behind, even at low speed, the impact could be enough to cause a concussion or mild brain trauma, which can result in long-term brain damage with associated memory and thinking issues.

What to look for

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vehicle crashes account for approximately 286,000 traumatic brain injuries annually. You may be able to walk away from a car accident feeling nothing more alarming than shaky nerves. However, in the hours or days that follow, you might experience headaches, drowsiness, balance problems, blurred vision or even a change to your pattern of sleep. These are among the symptoms of TBI, along with disorientation, a sensitivity to light or noise, depression or anxiety.

What to do

Because underlying injuries such as TBI are common results of car crashes, it is important for you to seek a medical evaluation promptly after a vehicle accident of any kind. First, it will be essential for your well-being. Second, you will have a physician’s report that ties any injuries you might have directly to the accident. Such a report will provide valuable evidence when the time comes to file a claim for insurance compensation. Your advocate with Aaron & Aaron can help, serving as an experienced negotiator on your behalf, while you concentrate your efforts on recovering from your head injury.

 

 

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