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Diagnosing Car Accident-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries


December 20, 2022

One of the most serious types of car accident injuries is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1.7 million Traumatic Brain Injuries happen each year. Traumatic Brain Injuries are often caused by a life-threatening blow to the head, which frequently occurs in car accidents when the victim's head hits a window, strikes the steering wheel, or a projectile strikes the accident victim.

Traumatic Brain Injury symptoms are not always obvious, which makes this type of injury very serious and life-threatening. Since car accidents are the second leading cause of brain injuries, accident victims should be screened for head trauma after being in an accident. 

In 2014 car accidents were the number one cause of death for people between the ages of 15-24, 25-34, and adults over the age of 75. Traumatic Brain Injuries are difficult to diagnose because they can occur even when the blow to the victim's head is not direct. In other words, the forces that occur during an accident can shake the accident victim's brain without their head striking anything.

There are many types of Traumatic Brain Injuries that can transpire during a traffic accident:

  • Diffuse Axonal Injuries
  • Contusions
  • Concussions
  • Coup-contrecoup Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injuries symptoms may also include:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Fatigue
  • Disorientation
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Loss of Coordination
  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Memory Loss
  • Inability to Concentrate
  • Seizures

Please seek emergency medical attention quickly if you or a member of your family are suffering from these symptoms following a motor vehicle accident. Diagnosing Traumatic Brain Injuries after a crash generally involves functional testing and diagnostic imaging. Imaging tests for diagnosing Traumatic Brain Injuries include Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography (SPECT).

If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury, call for your free case review.

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Source: https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812278

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