Car accidents happen on a daily basis in Florida. However, some are more severe than others resulting in injuries that can affect a person for the rest of their life. One of the more serious injuries sustained in car accidents are traumatic brain injuries.
TraumaticBrainInjury.com reports that automobile accidents cause more than half of all TBIs. The force of the vehicle moving forward then stopping can cause the head to strike a stationary object such as the windshield or steering wheel. Flying objects can pierce the skull with the momentum of the collision.
Even if the accident is not bad, the force of the collision can cause the brain to still move inside the skull. These events can result in concussions, brain bleeding, brain bruising and even blunt trauma. The more serious the accident, the more likely it is for a person to experience a TBI.
The US Department of Health Services provides a list of signs and symptoms of a TBI from mild to severe. Keep in mind not all people lose consciousness when they have a TBI, though it is one of the many symptoms to look for. A moderate to severe TBI can cause convulsions, coordination loss, slurred speech, pupil enlargement, headaches that stay or worsen and tingling or numbness in the limbs.
Even mild symptoms can cause nausea, ear ringing, mood changes, sound and light sensitivity, bad tastes, dizziness, headaches, memory trouble and sleep habit changes. A person experiencing any symptoms of a TBI should seek medical attention immediately especially following a motor vehicle accident or other head trauma.