Traumatic brain injuries may occur as a result of car crashes

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2024 | Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that occur in the wake of motor vehicle crashes are the result of the head being suddenly and violently hit or jolted. They lead to a range of outcomes from mild concussions to severe, life-altering brain damage.

The impacts of TBIs on victims can involve their physical abilities, cognitive functions, emotional well-being and social interactions. Understanding the basics about TBIs is crucial for anyone who is supporting someone who is navigating this difficult journey.

Causes of TBIs

The underlying causes of TBIs in motor vehicle accidents are multifaceted. Direct impacts to the head against parts of the vehicle’s interior are one cause. The brain’s sudden movement within the skull due to abrupt stops or changes in direction can also cause brain injuries. Factors that increase the risk of TBIs during crashes include not wearing seat belts, vehicle speed, the nature of the collision and the presence or absence of airbags.

Symptoms of TBIs

Symptoms of TBIs can manifest in many physical, cognitive, emotional and sleep-related challenges.

  • Physical: Headaches, nausea, fatigue, speech problems and seizures
  • Cognitive: Difficulties with attention, memory, processing speed and executive functioning
  • Emotional and behavioral changes: Mood swings, depression, anxiety and irritability
  • Sleep disturbances: Insomnia or excessive sleepiness

The diversity in symptoms reflects the complexity of the brain and underscores the need for a tailored approach to diagnosis and treatment.

Treatments for TBIs

Treatment for TBIs is multifaceted and tailored to the injury’s severity and the individual’s specific symptoms. Mild TBIs may require rest and symptom management, but moderate to severe injuries could necessitate acute care, including surgery.

Rehabilitation is critical to encourage maximum healing. This often involves a team of specialists focused on physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, neuropsychology and social support.

The cost of the care necessary for a TBI is considerable. Seeking compensation is an opportunity for a victim to hold liable parties accountable for those expenses. Seeking legal guidance can make this process easier, so a victim can heal while their case is being constructed and moving through the process.


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