Traumatic Brain Injuries Aren’t Always Obvious After Accidents
Many people assume that the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are immediate and obvious. And while that’s the case after some traumatic brain injuries, it’s not true in all cases. For some victims, the effects of a TBI are subtle and take time to become apparent.
In addition, it’s common for victims and their loved ones to believe that a TBI didn’t occur because their heads didn’t make contact with anything during their crash. Or, if they did contact the interior of the vehicle, it was the airbag, which is designed to cushion blows and reduce the severity of injuries.
It’s important to note that many TBIs occur not because of hard impacts, but because of the movement of the brain inside the skull. This movement can happen due to sudden decelerations or stops, which are common in crashes when drivers slam on their brakes or collide with other vehicles.
These types of TBIs are called “closed brain injuries” because they don’t involve a break or damage to the skull itself. People who suffer closed brain injuries experience bruising and tearing of brain tissue and blood vessels, which can result in the death of brain cells and impaired brain function.
After a crash, it’s important to monitor yourself and others for signs and symptoms of a TBI. Even minor TBIs can be symptomatic, and victims may experience headaches, nausea, sensitivity to light, and more. In some cases, minor TBIs can worsen, or severe TBIs may not appear serious at first but may become more symptomatic as time passes.
After a suspected TBI, get checked out by a doctor right away and then contact the experienced Roanoke brain injury lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm. We know what your family is going through, and we want to help you get compensation.