Were you in a Boca Raton car accident? Did you know that you could have a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and not know it? Did you know it is possible to suffer from TBI even if you never hit your head? How could this even be possible?
The Many Symptoms of TBI
When the cartoon coyote gets hit on the head with an anvil, he gets dizzy, sees stars, and then loses consciousness. While dizziness, vertigo, seeing "stars," and loss of consciousness are symptoms of traumatic brain injury, the real life symptoms of TBI vary from person to person. While slurred speech and vision problems are clear signs that something is wrong, you might not associate headaches, sleep disturbances, anxiety, depression, and mood swings with a brain injury. In fact, if you've just been injured in a Boca Raton car crash, you may justifiably attribute those symptoms to stress.
Brain Injury Doesn't Require a Blow to the Head
Your brain isn't attached to your skull. It's actually floating in a fluid called CSF. During a car accident, the vehicle comes to a sudden stop. If you aren't wearing a seatbelt, you keep moving at the speed the car was travelling until you hit something that makes you stop. Your brain does the same thing. It keeps moving at the speed of your car until it bumps into your skull. The force of impact of the brain against the skull can cause serious brain injury even if you never hit your head. In a rear-end car crash, the head often jerks forward and then changes direction and hits the back of the seat. In this type of accident, your brain hits your skull, bounces, and then hits on the other side.
Some people recover from their brain injuries with no lasting side effects. However, brain injuries can be very serious and can leave a Florida car accident victim permanently disabled. Early treatment is the best way to avoid serious complications After a Boca Raton car wreck, see your doctor. If you notice any unusual signs or symptoms in the week after the crash, see your doctor again. These could be signs of a brain injury.
Boca Raton accident attorney David Glatthorn helps Florida car accident victims get the insurance compensation they need to recover from their accident. To discuss your own accident injury, contact David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.