When you sustain a head or brain injury in a car accident, it’s not always obvious. Unfortunately, if you don’t receive immediate attention and care, even a minor head trauma can worsen. Delayed head injury diagnoses sometimes occur when an injured person or a bystander doesn’t recognize the symptoms. As head injuries are common, you and those around you should understand how to identify a potential injury. You should also know how to administer proper first aid.
Auto accidents cause or contribute to numerous head and traumatic brain injuries each year. Annual statistics documented by Traumatic Brain Injury Model System show that auto accidents caused or contributed to 50% of the brain injuries in their 18,126 TBI patient database. The most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion statistics show the following:
Physicians diagnose varying types of head wounds. They all fall within three injury basic injury types. A serious car accident has the potential to cause all three.
Head and Brain injuries include a range of conditions. The American Association of Neurological Surgeon’s TBI page describes the possible conditions that occur due to a head or brain injury.
When an accident injury victim displays visible head injuries, bystanders and emergency care providers easily recognize them as serious. Moderate and severe TBIs often display readily identifiable symptoms, as well.
Mild traumatic brain injuries sometimes go unnoticed and undiagnosed. They occur with or without visible head trauma, lacerations, or fractures. The symptoms are often fleeting or mild, if noticeable at all. That’s why it’s important to pay close attention after any serious accident. You might miss the symptoms.
The CDC lists brain injury symptoms under four categories. Not every person with a head or brain injury experiences every symptom. Symptom intensity varies depending on the injury severity.
When a person sustains a moderate to severe TBI, they display many of the same symptoms as a mild brain injury. They may also develop more intense danger signs. When you notice these symptoms, it usually means the injured person has a serious head trauma that requires immediate attention.
A baby or young child is more vulnerable to head injuries in an accident. A severe car crash generates an impact that usually shakes or jolts them. Given their delicate physical structures, a serious car accident has the potential to damage a child’s head and brain. Sadly, some children are too young to talk about or explain their symptoms. As you observe your child after an accident, be sure to watch for these head and brain injury symptoms.
When someone sustains a head injury in a car accident, they aren’t always aware of their own symptoms. The nature of their condition sometimes prevents them from recognizing the signs and realizing that they’re experiencing an injury. After an accident, it’s important for friends, family members, and bystanders to look for these observable symptoms and help head injury victims get the treatment they need.
When you notice someone displaying any of the above signs after an accident, you must act quickly. Dial 911. When the dispatcher responds, explain that you’ve had an accident and you believe someone has a head injury. Next, take a few cautious steps to assist the injured person. The Mayo Clinic Head Trauma: First Aid page recommends that you take these simple steps while you wait for emergency assistance to arrive.
Head injuries are serious, but they often fool even the most knowledgeable people. Everyone should know these facts.
If you or a loved one sustained a head or brain injury in a car accident, you should consult with a personal injury attorney immediately. Even a mild brain injury can cause lifetime complications. You need a legal representative who will do what’s necessary to protect your legal rights.
The Law Offices of John Redmann has offices in Gretna and Metairie, Louisiana. We’ve worked hard to recover damages for our injured clients, and we want to do the same for you. To schedule a complimentary legal consultation, call us at 504-500-5000.