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What Happens to the Brain After a Car Crash?

The Consequences of a Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury from a car crash is caused by sudden deceleration that violently forces the brain to hit against the skull. The brain's deceleration happens twice — first, when the head impacts an object to stop the forward motion, such as an airbag, and second is when the head jerks back into the headrest or hits another object that stops the backward movement.

Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a common occurrence in car accidents. Here’s what you need to know.

Symptoms of a TBI

While some symptoms are prevalent right away after a vehicle crash, some symptoms may not show up for hours or days. For this reason, it’s essential to ensure that you get medical attention immediately after being involved in a car crash — even if you “feel fine.”

Leaving a TBI untreated can make the consequences much worse. Here are some symptoms to look out for:

  • Trouble remembering
  • Feeling confused or disoriented
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble sleeping or changes in sleep patterns
  • Feeling emotional

TBI Long-Term Effects and Recovery

TBIs can cause long-term problems such as:

  • Emotional difficulties
  • Memory issues
  • Cognitive issue
  • Speech problems
  • Lack of bowel or bladder control
  • Diminished strength
  • Lack of coordination

After sustaining a severe traumatic brain injury, the following may be necessary to aid in recovery and rehabilitation:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Psychiatric care
  • Psychological counseling
  • Speech and language therapy

Hurt in a Car Accident? We Can Help.

Sustaining an injury in a car accident can leave devastating consequences for victims, and when it involves a severe injury such as a TBI, it can be life-altering. If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, we are in your corner.

We know the tactics insurance companies use to give pushback on proper settlements. We can guide you every step of the way. From recovering medical costs, lost income, property damage, and more — we’ll be your trusted partner throughout the process and fight for the compensation you deserve.

We are here for you. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day. Contact Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC today at (901) 526-2126.