Concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI), are frequently brought on by blows, bumps or jolts to the head. In fact, any impact to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth can cause concussions. The brain may bounce or twist inside the skull as a result of this abrupt movement, straining and harming brain cells.
These concussions are typically not life-threatening so medical professionals may refer to them as “mild” traumatic brain injuries. However, all brain injuries should be addressed carefully. While often described as “seeing stars,” an mBTI is nevertheless still an injury to the brain.
Car accidents are a significant contributor to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and they are the primary cause of hospitalization due to TBI. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that motor vehicle crashes cause 14% of all traumatic brain injuries in the United States and 26% of all TBI-related hospitalizations. A car accident’s impact can cause the brain to move erratically inside the skull, which in turn harms the brain tissue, blood vessels, and neurons.
Several variables, including the speed of the vehicles, the angle of the crash, and whether or not the passengers were wearing seat belts or helmets, can have a significant impact on the severity of an mTBI. The signs of a TBI brought on by a car accident may occasionally be minor and temporary, such as a headache or momentary state of disorientation. However, it can also result in long-term or permanent disability, brain damage, and even death in more severe circumstances.
Since untreated concussions can raise the risk of long-term consequences including early-onset dementia, it is crucial to seek medical attention if any concussion symptoms are present. Constant headaches, chronic pain, seizures, poor coordination, and lack of attention are some potential side effects of an untreated concussion that can have a negative influence on a person’s quality of life. Untreated concussions may even cause fatalities in extreme circumstances, especially if they cause internal bleeding in the skull. To avoid any problems and guarantee proper recovery from a concussion, seeking immediate medical attention and the right treatment is crucial.
Rest, symptom control, and a gradual return to normal activities are all effective treatments for an mTBI brought on by auto accidents. After the injury, it is critical to give the brain 24 to 48 hours of rest.
For headaches or other symptoms, acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be advised as over-the-counter pain remedies and prescription drugs may be suggested for depression or anxiety.
Balance, coordination, and other physical TBI symptoms can be helped by physical therapy as well.
Another crucial step in ensuring effective symptom treatment and monitoring for consequences is follow-up care with a healthcare professional.
To get proper care, anyone experiencing TBI symptoms following a car accident should contact a doctor. In this difficult situation, you require the assistance of an experienced team to help you recover. Contact Tatum & Atkinson, PLLC today. For personal injury cases in North Carolina, you only have three years (sometimes less) from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit before you lose the opportunity. The sooner you begin the process, the sooner we can get you paid.
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