Signs You Have A Traumatic Brain Injury After A Car Accident
Car accidents wreak havoc on your entire body. The impact of force on your spine, brain, and tendons, cannot be understated. The whiplash motion caused by inertia when your car impacts another vehicle and comes to a forcible halt is enough to cause your brain to crash against your skull, causing what is known as a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). TBI is an umbrella term for any disruption of normal activity in the brain, which can be caused by a blunt force or impact (such as a fall or being hit by an object), violent shaking, a sudden jarring or jolting motion (such as is experienced during a car accident), or a penetrating wound to the skull. A car crash makes any of these causes possible, which is why even a “minor” car crash shouldn’t be taken lightly. A car crash may appear minor in terms of damage to the vehicle, but it has still exerted a significant amount of force on your body, so you should always check in with a doctor as soon as possible after a crash to receive a medical assessment.
Symptoms of TBIs to Watch Out for After an Accident
TBIs can be tricky to nail down, mostly because you are relying on the judgment of your brain, which may be impaired due to internal injury. That’s why it’s best not to overthink it or question it and just make it standard practice that if you are ever in a car accident, regardless of how fine you feel, you should see a doctor as soon as possible afterwards. It can also be tricky to get a definitive sense of whether you have a TBI after a crash because many of the symptoms are vague or easily attributable to other things. For instance, it may be easy to write off nausea, confusion, or dizziness in the aftermath of a crash as being caused by anxiety or overwhelm due to the experience. However, any one of these symptoms could be caused by a traumatic brain injury. Slurred speech, difficulty concentrating, vomiting, and amnesia, are also all common symptoms experienced by someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury. These injuries can range from treatable concussions to life-threatening hemorrhages and brain swelling. Keep in mind that the force at which you impacted with another vehicle or object is also likely the force at which your brain impacted with your skull, and your brain is nowhere near as durable as a vehicle.
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If you have been in a car accident or vehicle collision in Maryland and have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result, the experienced Maryland personal injury attorneys at Berman, Sobin, Gross, LLP are ready to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out how we will fight to get you the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to.