Closed Head Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are a serious problem. Forty percent of brain injuries occur after a fall and 14.3% in motor vehicle accidents. Of car accident injuries, the most common type of injury suffered by drivers and passengers is a “closed head injury.” It doesn’t always involve manifestations that you can see such as fractures, blood, or bruises, but rather the injuries are inside the head. These can range from a concussion (a minor type of TBI) to a severe traumatic brain injury or TBI. This occurs when the brain is jostled inside the skull from the impact of the crash resulting in bruising, bleeding, or other injury to the brain itself. These can be much more severe than an open head injury because the brain has nowhere to go when it swells in the skull and can exacerbate the injury and cause additional injuries such as injuries to eyes since the eye socket is an opening for the brain to expand through.
Mild Brain Injury
There are different levels of severity to a traumatic brain injury. As stated above, a mild brain injury can be a concussion. Concussions are usually temporary and include symptoms such as headache, dizziness, confusions, tiredness, vomiting, or speech problems, and many more. Although the timetable will depend on each individual case these symptoms usually clear up within a few weeks and the victim can return to their normal activities.
Severe Brain Injury
Severe Traumatic Brain injuries however, can cause irreparable damage causing symptoms for a lifetime. These symptoms can include headache, dizziness, confusions, tiredness, vomiting, but also memory problems, permanent language issues including the ability to speak or understand language, lashing out or otherwise unable to control emotions, vision loss, loss of cognitive function including recognizing loved ones, coma, a vegetative state, etc.
Tips for recovery
Several tips for aiding your recover from a brain injury include getting much needed rest to give your brain time to heal, refraining from doing things that may further injure your brain, taking prescribed medications and avoiding alcohol, participate in memory improving activities including seeing a memory therapist if needed, and depending on the severity of your injury you may need to re-learn skills that were lost. You can also contact the Brain Injury Association in your state to find out about programs and services local to you.
Contact Bryan Caulfield | A Tampa Bay Personal Injury Attorney
If you have suffered a head or brain injury in an motor vehicle accident or due someone’s negligence, you should contact the Tampa Bay injury attorney, Bryan Caulfield at 800.535.2529 or fill out our online contact form to discuss your case and how to best proceed.