Car crashes are harrowing experiences that can leave both physical and emotional scars. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are particularly concerning among the physical injuries. Even more troubling is that the symptoms of a TBI might not present themselves immediately following the crash. This delay can sometimes lead to complications if not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner.
Understanding the nature of TBIs and their relationship to car crashes can provide individuals with the necessary knowledge to seek appropriate medical attention after a traumatic event, even if they initially feel fine.
The mechanics behind TBIs in car crashes
During a car crash, the abrupt motion can cause the brain to move violently within the skull. This sudden movement can result in the brain colliding with the skull’s inner walls, leading to bruising, bleeding or even tearing of the brain tissue. TBIs can occur even if there’s no direct impact to the head. The sheer force of the crash can be enough to cause injury.
Delayed symptoms and the importance of early detection
While some TBIs present immediate symptoms like loss of consciousness or clear cognitive impairment, others might take days or weeks to manifest. Delayed symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, mood changes or difficulty concentrating. Due to this delay, individuals might mistakenly believe they’re unharmed, leading them to forego necessary medical examinations.
Anyone involved in a car crash should undergo a medical evaluation immediately, even without symptoms. Early detection and treatment of TBIs can significantly improve the prognosis and reduce potential complications. Victims of these wrecks may opt to pursue a compensation claim to help them recover the financial damages.