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Car Crashes and Traumatic Brain Injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) resulting in hospitalization. A TBI can occur due to a sudden strike of the brain against the skull, violent shaking, or a blow to the head from another object. Unfortunately, even at low speeds, the force of impact can still cause damage to the brain. Here’s what every driver should know.

What is Whiplash?

While whiplash is not directly considered a traumatic brain injury, it could put you at risk for one. Here are some symptoms of whiplash to look out for:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Neck pain
  • Numbness of upper extremities
  • Cognitive difficulties (diminished concentration, memory trouble)

If you experience the above symptoms after being involved in a car accident, it’s crucial to contact your physician or seek emergency care as soon as possible.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. After being involved in a car crash, take notice if you feel any of the below symptoms:

  • Headaches or pressure in the head
  • Losing consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble responding to questions

How Can You Tell if You Have a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury?

A severe traumatic brain injury may include any of the following symptoms above as well as:

  • Convulsions
  • Seizures
  • Pupil dilation in one or both eyes
  • Clear fluid out of nose or ears
  • Unable to wake up from sleep
  • Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
  • Lack of coordination
  • Extreme confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Unusual behavior
  • Coma

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident. due to the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to receive compensation for injuries including TBI. Contact Viles & Beckman, LLC today at (239) 208-5223 for a free case evaluation. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are ready to answer all of your questions and ease your concerns.