After a serious auto accident, one of the injuries that you may suffer with is a brain injury. Brain injuries can be mild, moderate or acute, depending on what happened. For example, a whiplash injury during a sudden stop might result in a mild concussion. Hitting your head on the windshield may result in a moderate brain bleed. Every patient and injury is different.
Brain injuries, also known as traumatic brain injuries, require immediate medical attention. They can worsen quickly and lead to serious symptoms such as blindness, the loss of taste and smell, dizziness, unconsciousness and others.
Some common causes of brain injuries in car crashes include:
- Blows to the head
- Severe shaking from multiple impacts
- Penetrating debris
- Airbag impacts
Any of these factors could play a role in your head injury.
Brain injuries have a lasting impact on your life
Unfortunately, the reality is that brain injuries may have a significant impact on you now and in the future. Even if the injury itself resolves, it may take months or years to get back to the same health that you were in prior to the collision.
Some common side effects that people suffer from include:
- Slurred speech
- Verbal delays
- Trouble with balance
- Memory loss
The symptoms you have will depend on the part of the brain that has been affected. For example if you hit the back of your head, it is possible that your vision could be affected, since this is the area of the brain that translates information from the eyes.
What is second impact syndrome?
Second impact syndrome may happen if you get two concussions in close succession. For example, if you get into a crash with a truck and suffer a moderate injury but are then struck by another vehicle, the addition of the second impact may make your brain injury worse. Additional swelling may happen rapidly, and this can put your life at risk.
These are some things to consider if you have a brain injury from a crash. You have a right to look into obtaining compensation from the person who caused the collision.
Please note this article is not a substitute for medical advice. If you have suffered an injury, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor or seek immediate assistance from a medical professional at the Emergency Room.