In car crashes, it’s common to see victims with traumatic brain injuries. These injuries can happen when they hit their heads on windows or the steering column, if an object pierces the skull or if they suffer from severe whiplash (which causes a coup-contrecoup injury). Traumatic brain injuries are life-altering and may have lasting consequences for many years to come.
When you’re in a collision, remember that you should always seek medical care. Even if you think that you’re fine, there is a possibility that you could have delayed-onset injuries, which are injuries that take time to develop. Sometimes, over the next 24 to 48 hours, injuries will worsen as well.
Can you suffer a traumatic brain injury without hitting your head?
Yes, you can, which is something many people don’t realize. With sudden stops or strong forces back and forth, the skull may whip forward or to the side. When that happens, the brain doesn’t necessarily move with the skull. As a result, it may bounce around inside the skull or sheer from twisting inside the skull.
It’s possible for a coup-countrecoupe injury to involve an impact, but in many cases, there is no impact at all. A coup-contrecoupe injury’s hallmark is that the brain is injured at the first point of contact, such as the front of the skull when the head whips forward, and then again as the skull moves back. Injuries like this are often spread out across the brain in different regions, which makes these traumatic wounds particularly devastating to victims.
Brain injuries aren’t necessarily symptomatic at first, but they may worsen over time. If you are involved in a crash, don’t delay in seeking help. After you’re medically stable, you can look into seeking compensation for your injuries.