Traumatic Brian Injuries After a Car Accident
“Is everyone alright?”
After a car accident everyone may seem perfectly fine, if a little shaken. However, one or more of the accident victims may have a traumatic brain injury (TBI), even if everyone behaves normally and feels okay after an accident.
What is a traumatic brain injury?
Traumatic brain injuries are complex, varied, and often difficult to understand. The implications and consequences of a brain injury can be obvious or subtle and they can be catastrophic. The fact that it is not always immediately apparent that someone has had a traumatic brain injury is particularly frightening. It is very important that after any car accident, no matter how minor, each passenger is thoroughly examine by a doctor.
Traumatic brain injuries are evaluated on a spectrum. A TBI can be mild or moderate to severe.
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A mild TBI, or concussion, is characterized by confusion, disorientation or a loss of consciousness that lasts for less than thirty minutes. Symptoms may not appear for days or weeks after the injury and they may persist for over a year. The symptoms often go unnoticed because the injured person looks and feels normal. Therefore, it is important to be able to recognize the symptoms. Common symptoms of a mild TBI (often referred to as a concussion) include, but are not limited to:
· Vision trouble
· Difficulty paying attention or concentrating
· Memory loss
· Problems sleeping
· Irritability or other emotional problems
· Loss of smell
· Mood swings