Are you suffering from a traumatic brain injury?

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California drivers who have been in an accident can suffer in a variety of ways. Besides property damage, bruises and potential whiplash, they may even have traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even with accidents in which the driver is not going fast, the brunt of a collision can cause damage to the brain, resulting in short- or long-term consequences. It is important to understand the symptoms of a TBI so one can get medical help right away.

According to Brainline, a number of things can happen when there is a blow to the head, like from a car accident. Collision can cause the head to move abnormally side to side or forward and backwards, and this causes the brain to hit the hard skull multiple times. This causes blood vessels to tear and bruising to the brain, which results in damage to certain areas of the brain. During impact, a car accident can also cause neuronal axons to stretch, which can disrupt communication between areas of the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body.

The CDC reports that a TBI can affect the victim in four different categories. These are:

  • Sleeping
  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Thinking 

Symptoms can vary based on the specific situation, and signs may include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly
  • Memory issues
  • Sadness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety 
  • Trouble with, or excessive, sleeping

Some symptoms may be noticeable right away while others may show up weeks to months after the collision. Accident victims should not ignore any of these symptoms, even if they are mild. They should make an appointment with a medical professional to make sure there is not any serious or long-lasting damage. 



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