Dangers of Brain Injuries After Accident
Brain injuries (such as concussions) are silent killers. Any blow to the head whether on a football field or from an auto accident, requires evaluation at a hospital. Time is of the essence when dealing with any type of TBI. Concussion is a form of TBI! People don’t usually associate concussions with TBI, however, that is exactly what they are. Ignoring treatment for a blow to head because no headache is present is dangerous.
Sometimes concussion injuries occur playing football. Sometimes a victim sustains injuries in a Florida auto accident. No matter how the victim sustains injuries, determining severity should be left to medical professionals. Concussions require the same duty of care by doctors as a TBI–because they are one. When someone suffers a concussion, they always require transport to a hospital. There, doctors can determine whether or not to send them home or perform further medical intervention.
Not every head injury is visible. Thorough imaging is necessary to rule out permanent injury after a blow to the head. This Shaked Law Resource article explains what, exactly, a concussion is. Read more: Why is Diagnostic Imaging Necessary Post Accident?
What are causes of concussion injuries?
The CDC defines a concussion as follows:
“[…]A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.”
Now that we have a clear picture of a concussion, let’s look at the specific accidents that cause them:
- Contact sports in which helmets are not present or fit incorrectly
- Motorcycle accidents
- Auto accidents in which the head moves rapidly back and forth. These accidents can also cause whiplash and spinal cord injuries
- Hit and run accidents in which a pedestrian is struck
Why are brain injuries time sensitive?
When it comes to assessing and treating head injuries of any kind, time is of the essence. Traumatic Brain Injuries are some of the most time sensitive injuries. TBI (concussion, head trauma) can cause lifelong, permanent injury. However, choosing to ignore them can ultimately be fatal.
Concussions from auto accidents and contact sports such as football are the two most prominent. Any blow to the head, no matter the severity, can cause TBI. That’s why it’s so important not to forget that invisible injuries are still severe injuries. Accidents such as minor falls while children are roughhousing can be as severe as a concussion from an auto accident.
Who is susceptible to brain injuries?
The short answer is everyone! When a person hits their head during an accident, they become susceptible brain trauma.
Concussions can affect people of all ages. However, these injuries are exceptionally harmful to children with developing brains.
Children’s brains are still growing, requiring extra care. If parents miss signs of concussion it leads to more serious injuries. Concussions can become severe quickly, even fatal when choosing to ignore them. Never “wait out” a concussion just because the victim isn’t complaining of pain.
What are physical symptoms of concussions?
Next, let’s look at signs and symptoms that may be missed, resulting in TBI. Concussions can happen on the football field, or due to a reckless driver during an auto accident. Concussions may be invisible at first glance, but knowing what to look for saves thousands of lives every year.
Physical symptoms a victim may present with hours or even days after sustaining a brain injury:
- Balance problems
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Blurry vision
Mental symptoms those caring for a person with a brain injury should be aware of:
- Memory and speech problems
- Difficulty with concentration
- Loss of focus
- Loss of balance
Furthermore, there are less obvious symptoms such as sleep disturbances and changes in mood or behavior. Alone, these are not symptoms that indicate a concussion. However, after a fall or blow to the head, doctors associate them with possible concussion.
What is “Post Concussion Syndrome”?
Another factor determining the severity of head injuries happens days or weeks following the initial hit to the head. “Post Concussion Syndrome” is a long term problem facing those who sustain brain injuries. The symptoms mimic those of a concussion.
Headache, dizziness, nausea, mood changes, depression, and anxiety can last months after sustaining a concussion.
All of these symptoms are forms of mental anguish.
What happens during Personal Injury litigation for TBI (concussion, brain trauma)?
Credibility is key. It’s important that a capable family member documents everything. Brain injuries can cause memory lapses. It’s important someone close to the victim keeps accurate notes. The case may or may not proceed to trial. Specifics depend on the details of YOUR case! Always consult a Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer in the event of a brain injury.
What are my options after sustaining a brain injury?
After sustaining a brain injury in an accident it’s important to seek expert legal advice. A lawyer with experience in TBI injuries will know the next steps to take in cases with invisible injuries. Each Personal Injury case is unique. Lawsuits depend on many factors unique to each claim. Only a lawyer who has seen successful TBI trials to verdict should take point as the Senior Lawyer on brain injury cases.
What do victims need to proceed with successful litigation for their brain injury?
- Time and date of the accident.
- Cause of the accident. Documenting the scene of the accident on a phone with pictures and video evidence can help your Florida Personal Injury attorney during Discovery.
- Medical records from all doctors appointments and hospital visits.
- Symptoms presenting immediately following, and for a time post accident.
Any permanent symptoms should be in the notes. Brain injuries may cause temporary, partial, or permanent memory loss as well as depression and anxiety, mood changes, and PTSD. These are long term injuries and have lasting effects. Victims must receive compensation accordingly for their brain injuries.