Car accidents are a top cause of traumatic brain injuries, or TBI. A TBI is a serious injury that can result in the loss of a person’s ability to function, as well as their personality and behaviors. In some cases, it’s deadly. Here’s how your brain is likely to respond to an automobile collision.
You May Lose Consciousness
If your brain suffered impact in the accident, you may lose consciousness or “black out.” This is often caused by a concussion or a coma. Sometimes, the loss of consciousness only lasts a few minutes or maybe an hour. In other cases, however, a blackout can last for several days or even multiple weeks and months if the injury is quite serious.
Your Brain May Swell
After a head injury, it’s typical to see the brain swell some during the body’s inflammatory response. However, this can quickly become concerning as the brain runs out of space inside the skull. When this occurs, blood vessels to the brain are constricted, resulting in less oxygen feeding the damaged brain tissue. If this continues, parts of the brain may die.
If a car accident victim experiences tissue death, they may lose certain functions depending on where the damage is located on the brain. For example, the prefrontal cortex is responsible for short term memory; if this is injured in the collision, the victim may have difficulty remembering things that just happened.
Your Cerebrospinal Fluid May Not Drain Properly
After an injury, swelling of the brain may result in the inability for your cerebrospinal fluid to drain well. If this happens, the fluid accumulates inside the skull. This adds more pressure, resulting in serious and potentially life threatening symptoms if not resolved quickly.
You May Have Seizures
Even if you’ve never had a history of seizures or were diagnosed by a doctor with epilepsy, a traumatic brain injury can cause you to begin suffering from them. This is generally the result of abnormal electrical activity in the brain and may or may not get better with time.
How to Get Assistance From a Florida Car Crash Lawyer Right Away
Were you or a loved one hurt or seriously injured in a car accident? You deserve fair financial compensation for your injuries, and we can help. Contact experienced Florida motor vehicle collision lawyer Ronald Slonaker today for an appointment at 352.629.6656 or 352.777.8716.