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What to know about TBIs from car accidents

| Apr 21, 2021 | Car Accidents

Injuries from a Connecticut vehicle accident may include broken bones, lacerations, and spinal injuries. A more serious injury from an accident is a traumatic brain injury, which accounted for over 2 million emergency room visits in 2014. There are several types of TBIs, and they have various symptoms.

TBI overview and stats

A TBI occurs from a jolt or bump to the head from the impact of an accident with vehicle accidents accounting for 30% of cases. Falls are the leading cause of TBI making up 52% of cases and more frequently occurring in adults 65 and older. Stats also show men have an increased risk of a TBI at a rate of 1.5 times more than females, especially during youth.

During a vehicle accident, the head may hit the dashboard, ceiling, or steering wheel or get hit by flying objects. The brain consists of soft tissue, making it susceptible to getting stretched or compressed.

Types of TBI

A TBI can range from mild to severe and fall under closed or open head injury. If the skull does not break, it classifies as a closed head injury. An open head injury means the skull has been broken or penetrated.

An example of a mild TBI is a concussion, which may or may not cause a loss of consciousness. Common symptoms of a mild TBI include dizziness, headaches, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, or confusion.

Moderate to severe may classify as open or closed injuries that include the symptoms of mild TBI, but with longer loss of consciousness. Other symptoms include convulsions or seizures, chronic nausea or vomiting, light sensitivity, and dilated pupils in one or both eyes. Regardless of the type of TBI, symptoms may not appear immediately, because the adrenalin disguises them.

In addition to physical symptoms, a TBI from a car accident can cause lasting phycological effects. Injured parties may seek compensation from the at-fault driver.

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