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Automotive Accidents and Consequent Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries or TBIs are caused by a severe blow, jolt or bump to the head that interrupts and disrupt the normal functioning of the brain. These injuries range from a brief unconsciousness to amnesia or prolonged unconsciousness. Although, most of the brain injuries are mild, however, many of them are fatal leading to permanent damage or death. According to a report published in 2013, nearly 2.8million traumatic brain injuries, with 14% of TBIs were vehicle-related cases were reported with a financial burden of $76.5 billion in the US.

In addition to falls, or being struck against an object, vehicle-related accidents are one of the leading causes of TBIs in the United States, particularly California. Brain injuries become more complicated and can cause death when the treatment is missed in the emergency room or is delayed. According to a report, Modesto ranked 8th out of 57 cities in California in terms of high ratio in car accidents.

Popular Misconceptions:

Many people believe that one has to hit the head severely on something in order to have a brain injury. However, the repeated concussions or mild hitting in a minor collision can cause permanent brain damage. The momentum in the result of the collision causes the brain to hit the skull; this is also called internal brain injury in which the skull is not damaged from the outside. Such injuries cause internal bleeding and swelling in the brain.

Another misconception is that unless a person is not unconscious, brain injury does not occur. Although in many cases being unconscious is common, however, this is not true in every case.

Symptoms of TBIs:

As the head has most of the blood vessels, bleeding, internally or externally, is one of the most serious concern after an automotive accident. Most of the symptoms don’t appear at the spot or immediately after the accident. Many people act and live normally without realizing the injury- this undetected symptom makes the injury more complicated. So, it is important to monitor the symptoms or any abnormal functioning of the brain occurring few hours, days or weeks after the accident.

  • The most common symptoms are:
  • Headaches
  • Lightheadedness
  • Spinning sensation
  • Mil confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Temporary ringing sound in the ears
  • Unconsciousness
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Memory loss
  • Serious disorientation
  • Leaking of the watery fluid from ears and nose

 Concussion:

A concussion is considered as mild but a common brain injury occurring after a car accident. In this injury brain suddenly accelerate, hits the internal walls of the brain and then decelerate. The loss of bodily function is temporarily in a concussion, but repetition can cause permanent damage.

Post Concussive Syndrome:

The bodily symptoms that occur after a concussion are referred to as post-concussive syndrome; a mild brain injury that a person suffers. This syndrome can appear immediately or months after the accident. However, in certain cases, the symptoms are permanent; these symptoms include a change in personality, mood swings, aggression, and lack of concentration, difficulty in experiencing bodily senses, insomnia, depression or fatigue.

Actionable Steps after an Accident:

After sustaining the injuries in an automotive accident, the victim must seek medical assistance immediately. Whether or not the victim apparently sees any signs of head injury, the doctor must be asked about if there are any brain injuries. If left untreated, brain injuries prove to be fatal for life. The medical professionals run tests to determine if there is any brain injury occurred.

Seeking a Legal Assistance:

If you or your loved one has suffered brain injury in a car or motorcycle accident in Modesto, you may want to file a lawsuit against the offender or against insurance companies denying to offer compensations. Given the medical and legal complications that arise in TBIs cases, consulting accident lawyer Modesto who is specialized in brain injury litigation, is the right option.

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