It may not surprise you to learn that car accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injury in Florida. But, did you know that you can sustain a brain injury in a Boca Raton car crash even if you didn't hit your head? Here's how it works.
When you are driving your car at 50 miles an hour, your brain is travelling at the same speed. When your car crashes, your brain also crashes - right into your skull. As the brain tissue smashes against the skull, blood vessels tear and release blood into the brain. When there is a large amount of blood or swelling, it can put pressure on areas of the brain and affect the way it works. Depending on the location, the pressure can affect vital functions like the heartbeat or breathing. An accident victim who was just fine immediately after the crash, may later begin to feel dizzy or confused.
After the brain hits the front of the skull, it may bounce and hit the back of the skull causing bleeding, bruising, and swelling in other parts of the brain. This is known as a "contra coup" injury. During the bounce, parts of the brain can tear. This can disrupt the nerves responsible for transmitting signals within the brain. The tears may be microscopic, but they are very serious.
Boca Raton car crash lawyer David Glatthorn suggests that all Florida car accident victims know the signs of traumatic brain injury and seek medical attention immediately if any of those signs are present.
For more information about what to do after a Florida car accident, request a free copy of The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim. To discuss your Florida brain injury claim with a Boca Raton accident lawyer, contact David Glatthorn at 561-659-1999 or toll free at 866-413-5525.