Brain Injuries From Car Accidents
Car accidents happen on a daily basis. They can range from minor to moderate to severe. The injuries can be minor, such as bruises or lacerations, or be more serious in nature, ranging from broken bones to brain injuries.
Brain injuries are often long-term, lasting many years or even the rest of a person’s life. These injuries can affect every part of the body. A person with a brain injury can experience seizures, nerve damage, blood clots, infections, stroke, and coma. A person can also experience problems with speaking, thinking, and concentration. They may also have memory problems and mobility issues. A person may also experience migraine headaches, vision changes, dizziness, and balance issues. It is also not uncommon for a person to experience changes in behavior and personality. As you can see, the effects of a brain injury can be wide-ranging.
There are different types of brain injuries that can occur after getting into a car crash. Here are some of the most common ones to be aware of.
Concussions are the most common type of brain injury. A concussion can be caused by a direct blow to the head or a whiplash-like injury where the head is thrown forward and then back against a headrest.
A contusion is a bruise on your brain resulting from a forceful blow. Depending on the severity of a contusion, a person may experience a mild or severe brain injury. Contusions can be dangerous when they cause bleeding or swelling inside the skull.
A penetrating brain injury occurs when an object penetrates the skull and brain and does not exit. This can occur in a car accident when glass and other objects penetrate the brain. This type of brain injury is potentially life-threatening when it causes blood loss.
Diffuse Axonal Injury
A diffuse axonal injury is a traumatic brain injury that is often associated with a car crash. It is often severe and can cause brain damage, coma, and death. In fact, more than 90% of patients with a severe diffuse axonal injury never regain consciousness. Those who do often remain permanently disabled.
This type of brain injury occurs when there is damage to both sides of the brain. There would be a brain injury opposite from the point of impact. In a car accident, an example would be if you hit your head on the steering wheel and then suffered an injury toward the back of the brain.
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Car accidents can cause a wide range of injuries. Brain injuries can be some of the most severe ones, causing damage to the entire body.
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