A car accident could leave you with all sorts of injuries. One that may result is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). It may help to learn what kind of TBIs people suffer in car accidents:
A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when the head suffers a blow, strike or hit that causes the brain to rock back and forth, hitting the interior of the skull. As a result, the brain releases chemicals that affect people in many ways. Most concussion causes dizziness, confusion and nausea. Some people will black out as they suffer head wounds.
While most concussions heal in a few days, you cannot assume that is all you have. It could be much more serious.
The brain can get bruised during a car accident, much like an injury to the leg or arm. However, a brain bruise can lead to serious medical complications. The bruise may swell up and put pressure on the skull, causing serious pain. If the swelling doesn’t go down, the brain could bleed.
Brain bleeding, also called a brain hemorrhage, could damage tissue and cells. This is a life-threatening medical condition that could lead to fatal injuries or permanent disabilities. People who survive brain hemorrhages could suffer from constant migraines, memory loss and personality disorders.
3. Skull fracture
In some serious car accidents, victims may suffer head wounds that result in skull fractures. Some skull fractures may be mild and only lead to a crack that heals over time. However, more serious skull fractures could leave indentations in the skull, which can put pressure on the head and cause bleeding.
A skull fracture may be considered penetrating or open-head. An open-head injury would mean that an object penetrated the skull. As a result, skull fragments and foreign objects may be left in the brain. These kinds of injuries can be fatal.
If you or someone you know is suffering from a TBI, you may need to reach out to understand your legal options to seek the compensation you deserve.