Types Of TBI's From Car Accidents

When you're in a car accident there are many different injuries you can sustain, but one of the more common injuries is a TBI or traumatic brain injury. TBI's don't always show up immediately after a car accident which is also why they are one of the most dangerous injuries.

The Different Types of Brain Injuries

Concussions: Concussions are by far one of the most common types of TBI's. Concussions happen when the brain receives impact from sudden momentum or a change in movement.

Contusion: Contusions, on the other hand, are essentially bruises on the brain. Bruises might not seem like a big deal, but there is a significant difference between getting a bruise on your arm and a bruise on your brain. Complications can arise and if it's serious enough, the contusion will need to be removed via a surgical process.

Coup-Contrecoup: This is similar to the one above because it does entail a contusion. In this case, however, it includes 2 contusions, one on the side of the impact and on the opposing side.

Diffuse Axonal: This type of injury can be caused by a strong rotation of the head or neck. Whiplash is a good example of a diffuse axonal. While some concussions can be considered a diffuse axonal, not all axonals are concussions.

Penetration: Just as it sounds, this injury occurs when an object has penetrated through the head into the brain.

Symptoms to Watch for

If you were in a car accident you should be aware of the symptoms of a TBI when evaluating the damage to your person. Here are a few examples of symptoms you might see after a car accident:

  • Period of unconsciousness after the impact
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty talking
  • Dilated pupils
  • Difficulty in keeping your balance or having a lower level of coordination
  • Nausea, headaches or a slowed response time
  • Difficulty thinking
  • Seizures

If you experience one or more of the symptoms above, it's time to visit a doctor and be evaluated. You'll also need to hire a Boulder law firm in order to start the claim process for the accident if you want to get compensation or financial help for your injuries.

For a free consultation contact Sloat & Nicholson at 1-800-873-3202.