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You can suffer a brain injury without hitting your head

On Behalf of | Jan 10, 2022 | Brain Injuries

The reason that motorcyclists wear helmets is that they help to prevent brain injuries. They can also help prevent skull fractures when the head strikes the ground in a crash. This is the same reason that football players and other athletes wear helmets.

Even with a helmet on, though, you could suffer from a traumatic brain injury if you strike your head. The impact of the helmet hitting the ground can cause your brain to strike the inside of your skull, leading to a concussion, bleeding on the brain, torn tissue and other such complications. These injuries can be very severe.

However, don’t assume that you have to hit your head to suffer from this type of traumatic brain injury. It can certainly happen in a car accident.

Violent force still causes brain injuries

The thing to remember is that the brain injury isn’t from your brain tissue hitting anything other than the inside of your skull. This can happen due to the violent force in a crash, as your head moves back and forth or from side to side. When the skull moves too quickly or changes direction abruptly, the brain cannot always follow suit perfectly. This can lead to impacts within your skull even if there are no external impacts, so you may believe that you avoided a serious injury even though you have suffered a TBI.

This is why it’s important to go to the hospital and get checked for TBI symptoms and internal damage. It’s also why you need to know how to seek proper compensation for your medical bills, which could be high if you do have a brain injury. 

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