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Did your car accident cause a traumatic brain injury?

Traumatic injury can occur when you receive an impact to the head. Many types of accidents can cause TBI, including falls, strikes from falling objects and car crashes. These number among top causes of TBI.

In the case of a car accident, TBI is possible even when you do not hit your head on anything; just the force of crashing to a stop at high speed can cause the brain to hit the interior of the skull.

At the accident scene

People who suffer moderate TBI do not always realize this at once. Initially, they may experience loss of consciousnss for less than 30 minutes, along with some memory impairment. In the shock of the crash, some people may not even realize they briefly passed out. They think they are basically fine and may even refuse a ride to the emergency room.

After the crash

TBI symptoms often develop over time and can take as long as several months to show up. Common signs include nausea, vertigo, fuzzy memory, lack of concentration, headaches and fatigue. You may also experience ringing in the ears, impaired physical coordination and blurry vision. Continue watching for even seemingly minor changes in your health and mental state, as they can signal deeper problems. See a doctor as soon as you can and describe your situation fully, making sure to tell about the accident.

Effect on your life

While the above symptoms may not seem all that dire, over time they can add up to a significant impact on your work and personal life. Some people end up having to quit their jobs or pass up opportunities for promotions because their condition would not allow them to take on the workload.

Possible treatments

Currently, doctors cannot just perform a procedure to repair the damage to your brain. Treatment tends to consist of attempts to ameliorate the symptoms and can be lengthy and expensive. You may need physical therapy, speech therapy, assistive devices and medication.