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When a car crash causes a TBI

A traumatic brain injury is one of the most serious and catastrophic injuries you can sustain in a Texas vehicle crash. As explained by the Mayo Clinic, a TBI is a malfunction or dysfunction of your brain that occurs when the force of your crash impact makes your head and/or neck jerk violently back and forth. This sudden and extreme movement, in turn, causes your brain to “slosh” around in your skull, during which its delicate tissues, cells and nerves become injured, sometimes irreparably.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 286,000 people sustain a traumatic brain injury each year due to a car crash.

TBI symptoms

No two TBIs are alike and some are considerably more serious than others, with long-lasting debilitating effects. Therefore, you should seek immediate medical assistance any time you sustain a head injury in a vehicle accident or otherwise. Just because you think your injuries are inconsequential, resulting only in a mere bump on your head, does not mean that you did not suffer a TBI. You may well have, unbeknownst to you.

Unfortunately, due to the complexity of your brain and the innumerable ways in which it can be injured, you may not notice any TBI symptoms immediately after your car crash. Instead, you may develop one or more of the following symptoms in the hours, days and weeks following your accident:

  • Blurry or double vision or sensitivity to light
  • Tinnitus (ringing in your ears) or sensitivity to sound
  • Intermittent but persistent headaches, nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness and/or balance problems
  • “Weird” feelings including confusion and/or disorientation
  • Sudden possibly violent mood swings or the onset of persistent fear, anxiety or depression

Should you or your family members notice any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor immediately. You likewise should see him or her if you or your family notices that you have become more irritable, argumentative or hostile since your accident. Many TBI victims suffer such personality changes as well as physical and emotional symptoms.

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