When it comes to car accidents, many people overlook traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Brain injuries can be so subtle that they go undetected at first. In many cases, the effects of brain trauma may not become apparent until weeks or even months later.
The National Center of Biotechnology Information reported that motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of TBI. Anyone who has recently been in a crash should consider the possibility of TBI before the condition worsens.
Even a minor car accident can cause serious brain damage. This can happen in a variety of ways, including when the head jerks back and forth due to an abrupt stop, when someone falls from a moving vehicle or when an object hits someone’s head. TBI can come with tissue tears, heavy bleeding, bruises and cognitive issues such as amnesia.
Some of TBI’s effects can worsen over time without the right treatment, so an early medical evaluation is crucial. TBI can also bring on financial problems such as medical bills and lost wages, so compensation should be a high priority. It is often easier to show an insurance company that a brain injury came from a car accident by documenting early symptoms and findings. On top of this, timely medical records may help with litigation if there are problems with getting compensation.
Traumatic brain injuries are a very real threat for anyone who gets behind the wheel. Fortunately, it is possible to reduce the likelihood of experiencing one by using a combination of safe driving habits and proper restraint.