Types of Brain Injuries from Car Accidents that Sarasota Drivers Should Know About

February 5, 2014

Car Accidents

car accidents brain injuriesThe force of impact in a car accident can result in a blow or jolt to the head that is strong enough to cause a traumatic brain injury in even relatively minor car accidents.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is an injury that results in a temporary or permanent disruption of the normal functions of the brain.

In the case of car accidents, traumatic brain injuries are typically caused by either blunt trauma to the head or a sudden jolt causes the brain to shift within the skull.

Concussions

A concussion is the most minor form of brain injury, according to the National Institutes of Health. These injuries are a temporary disruption of normal brain function caused by external trauma to the head. Common symptoms of concussions include headaches, neck pain, vertigo, tinnitus and fatigue.

Closed head injuries vs penetrating head injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by either closed head injuries or penetrating head injuries:

  • Closed head injuries: These injuries are caused by a blow to the head that results in trauma but does not penetrate the skull itself.
  • Penetrating head injuries: These injuries involve a foreign object that penetrates the skull and causes damage to the brain.

Secondary brain damage

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association notes that traumatic brain injury can also be responsible for additional brain damage that may occur over time, such as intracranial infection, brain swelling, epilepsy and a variety for physical and cognitive complications.

Traumatic brain injuries are not always readily apparent at the scene of an accident

When it comes to traumatic brain injury, it is important to understand that the symptoms of these types of injuries are not always apparent at the scene of an accident. Instead, many injury victims do not begin to develop notable symptoms until hours, days or even weeks after an accident has taken place.

Some key symptoms for traumatic brain injuries to look for include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Abnormal moods or behavior
  • Problems with vision or hearing
  • Loss of consciousness

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