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Brain injuries from car crashes can have lifelong consequences

Sometimes, in the wake of a vehicular collision, the people involved can no longer even get themselves out of the car. Considering how common spinal cord injuries and broken bones are after a crash, it's no wonder that people without any serious, visible injuries feel thankful.

Many people experience a surge of adrenaline after a motor vehicle accident that can leave them feeling no pain for a while. Combine that with the often delayed onset of symptoms associated with traumatic brain injuries and you have the potential for a serious injury to end up overlooked in the aftermath of a crash.

Brain injuries can take time to develop

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) develop as the result of a person getting roughly shaken, experiencing blunt force trauma to the head or suffering a penetrating injury to the head. When people strike their head and experience severe shaking, like when a vehicle rolls, they may not realize, at first, that they have sustained a TBI. They may simply feel grateful that they can stand up and walk away from the crash.

Over time, however, issues may arise that the victim cannot ignore. The symptoms of a TBI can take days or even weeks to fully develop. The skull, which helps protect the human brain from trauma, can also be a source of injury. If the brain bruises or swells in response to a TBI, there is nowhere for that additional fluid or swollen tissue to go. This, in turn, can cause worse injuries to the brain, resulting in increasing and worsening symptoms.

The symptoms of a TBI can change your life

For those with a minor TBI, a return to work is possible after recovery. Symptoms like ringing ears, slurred speech and even blurry vision may improve as the brain heals and swelling recedes. Once symptoms resolve, it may be possible to return to work.

However, moderate and severe TBIs can produce lifelong injuries. In addition to headaches, nausea, fatigue or problems sleeping, dizziness and sensitivity to light and sound, the symptoms they create could include changes to personality, issues with memory and even sudden mood changes or mood swings. In some cases, depending on what part of the brain gets injured, motor function can suffer after a TBI.

Depending on the extent of symptoms and how soon treatment starts, these symptoms could persist or may resolve over time. In cases with long-term symptoms, it may become impossible to return to work, even with medical support. In that kind of situation, it may become necessary for the victim to explore options for compensation to offset the losses associated with a TBI.

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