Not all West Virginia car accidents result in a traumatic brain injury. When you do end up in a car accident, a moderate to severe TBI is fairly easy to recognize. However, a mild TBI may have symptoms that go unnoticed for hours to days following the accident.
According to TraumaticBrainInjury.com, vehicle accidents are responsible for over half of TBIs reported. Because of the force of the moving vehicle hitting either your stationary or moving car, your brain can move within the skull. Not to mention, that the force can cause your head to strike the steering wheel, the window or even the door causing damage.
The more serious type of TBI is blunt trauma. An open wound in your head makes it easy to tell that you have a potential TBI and likely have medical attention immediately at the scene of the crash. However, not all TBIs occur due to blunt trauma.
Mild to moderate TBIs can happen even in less traumatic accidents. The force may cause your brain to move within your skull even if your head no longer moves. Athletes experience concussions at a higher rate than the average person, but a car accident can have you experiencing a similar problem.
As your brain moves within the skull, the brain can experience bruising and bleeding. Even small bruises and hemorrhaging can lead to problems that are not always detectable. Without noticeable damage, it may be easy to dismiss your symptoms.
If you notice anything out of the ordinary following an accident, immediately seek medical attention. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.