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What You Need To Know About Traumatic Brain Injury Following a Car Accident

What You Need To Know About Traumatic Brain Injury Following a Car Accident

Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by many different impacts including slip and falls, motorcycle accidents, car accidents and sports injuries. Traumatic brain injury is caused by an acute impact that can either result in a closed or penetrating head injury. Head injury can be classified from mild to severe and is most commonly categorized using the Glasgow coma scale. The Glasgow coma scale classifies the traumatic brain injury severity by using the person’s level of consciousness; however, the Glasgow coma scale is not helpful in determining future prognosis.

Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury vary widely. Symptoms include loss of consciousness, headache, vomiting, lightheadedness, unequal pupil size, blurred vision, numbness, weakness, confusion, agitation and slurred speech. The long term symptoms of traumatic brain injury could include changes in judgment, cognitive changes including problems with attention and executive functioning. If you have experienced any of these symptoms following a traumatic blow to your head it is extremely important to seek medical attention.

The trauma to the head actually injures the brain in two locations. The first trauma causes the “coup” injury which then ricochets the brain within the skull causing the “counter coup” phenomenon. This is usually caused when a moving head impacts a stationary object.

If you believe you have a traumatic brain injury it is very important to receive a neurological exam. A neurologist may use the Glasgow coma score, CT scans, MRI’s and x-rays in order to diagnose whether or not you have sustained a traumatic brain injury.

Over 30% of brain injuries are caused by vehicle accidents. If you have been involved in an automobile accident in Daytona Beach, Florida it is very important for you consult help including a neurologist if you have symptoms of traumatic brain injury. Do not simply ignore any headaches or concussion symptoms without seeking medical attention. We, at Zimmet & Zimmet, are Daytona Beach Auto Accident Attorneys representing car accident victims in Central Florida. If you have questions about traumatic brain injury or any other type of injury, please do not hesitate to contact us at 386-255-4020.

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