Traumatic brain injuries often remain hidden after auto crashes

| Aug 5, 2020 | Car Accidents

Delaware motorists risk being involved in car accidents whenever they take to the roads. The list of potential injuries is endless. Some injuries are immediately evident, but others could remain hidden, also called silent traumatic brain injuries.

Brain trauma can result from the head smashed into the windshield, dashboard or steering wheel. Such injuries and also penetration injuries are immediately evident and require immediate treatment. However, even without the head striking something, brain injuries can occur. Upon impact, the violent whiplash movement of the head causes the brain to slam into the skull’s hard inner walls. This can damage brain cells in different areas of the brain.

Those invisible injuries could be missed altogether, or ignored because they initially seem so mild. However, they can cause long-term problems if left undiagnosed and untreated. Sometimes, by the time symptoms appear, they may not be recognized as having been caused by the car accident. Symptoms like dizziness, loss of balance, blurry vision and nausea are only some of the signs that should be reported to a doctor.

The bottom line is that it is always better to go for a medical examination after car accidents — even minor ones. The sooner traumatic brain injuries are diagnosed, the sooner they can be treated. Long-term medical care and therapy can follow such injuries, and mounting medical expenses can become overwhelming. If the injuries resulted from a car accident caused by the negligence of another party, damages might be recoverable. With the support and guidance of an experienced Delaware personal injury attorney can advocate for the victim throughout the legal proceedings of a civil lawsuit.