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3 ways TBI can result from a car accident

Of all the injuries that can result from a car accident, few are as serious as a traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of this ailment are often temporary and possible to overcome, but any TBI case can potentially cause permanent and severe damage. If you have been in a car accident, it is imperative that you get medical attention and ensure that you have not sustained any dangerous head trauma.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are the leading cause of TBI-related hospitalizations among adolescents and individuals between 15 and 44 years old. There are a few different ways that TBI can occur from a collision, and you should be aware of all of them.

1. Whiplash to neck

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in a car accident, and it happens when a sudden stop jerks your head and neck back and forth. Whiplash can be a serious injury in and of itself, but it can also result in TBI which is even more dangerous. Symptoms of whiplash alone include neck pain, numbness and tingling, but you might also be experiencing TBI if you also have difficulty remembering or concentrating. 

2. Impact to head

In addition to whiplash, if you experience any blunt trauma to your head, you are at risk of suffering TBI. You might hit your head on the windshield or have another part of the car strike your head. Any of these can cause serious injury, including TBI. Some other symptoms of TBI include blurred vision, difficulty communicating and abnormal behavior. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek treatment.

3. Penetration of head

Perhaps the most dangerous cause of TBI is an injury in which a foreign object actually penetrates the head. If metal or a sharp edge comes into contact with your head, it could cause a laceration and serious TBI. Injuries of this nature need to be treated immediately in order to prevent a permanent and debilitating brain injury from developing.

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