Medical science is only beginning to understand the long term problems caused by concussions and brain injuries. In the past, we did not know to look for the effects of concussion or brain injuries after a car accident. Now we do.
Concussions are also known as traumatic brain injuries (TBI). They range from mild to severe and can occur even when you do not lose consciousness, and even when you do not take a blow to the head. The rapid deceleration of a car accident can cause the brain to slam against the skull causing injury, even when you have not “hit” your head on anything.
Brain Injuries are Unique
The occurrence and severity of brain injuries are difficult to predict. A very minor trauma or low impact collision can cause serious long term problems for one person, while another person experiences no injury at all. This can be very frustrating to people injured in car accidents. Doctors and insurance adjusters may doubt your symptoms because they were caused by only minor trauma or impact.
While most people will recover fully from a mild concussion, some will not. This unlucky few who suffer permanent problems from mild concussions are sometimes called the “miserable minority.”
Brain Injuries Often Don’t Show Up on Brain Scans
Some brain injuries cause hemorrhaging (bleeding) or bruising on the brain and are clearly visible on MRIs, CT scans, and other scans of the brain. However, many brain injuries do not appear on such scans because they appear at a microscopic cellular level.
Brain cells called neurons do the processing work of the brain (such as thinking). Axons -- long, hollow tubular structures that connect the neurons -- form the "wiring" that links neuronal processing centers. Injuries to these neurons and axons do not appear on brain scans; however, these injuries can cause serious physical, cognitive, and emotional problems.
Symptoms of Brain Injuries
The symptoms of brain injuries are as varied as the people how suffer these injuries. The brain controls most every function in the body, and, as a result, a brain injury can impact most every part of the body.
The most common symptoms include:
- seizures of all types
- muscle spasticity
- double vision, blurred vision or low vision, even blindness
- loss of smell or taste
- speech impairments such as slow or slurred speech
- headaches or migraines
- fatigue, increased need for sleep, and
- balance problems.
- short-term memory loss, long-term memory loss
- slowed ability to process information
- trouble concentrating or paying attention for periods of time
- difficulty keeping up with a conversation, and other communication difficulties such as word finding problems
- spatial disorientation
- organizational problems and impaired judgment
- inability to do more than one thing at a time, and
- a lack of initiating activities, or once started, difficulty in completing tasks without reminder.
- increased anxiety
- depression and mood swings
- impulsive behavior
- more easily agitated, and
- egocentric behaviors, difficulty seeing how behaviors can affect others.
We help people who have suffered brain and concussion injuries in car accidents. We offer a free consultation so that you may discuss your concerns with an experienced attorney. Contact us online or call our St. Louis office at 314-862-6865 to schedule your free initial consultation. When you meet with us, ask about:
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