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How Is the Human Brain Affected by a Car Crash?

Posted on : November 28, 2020

A frequently seen injury arising from motor vehicle collisions is a TBI, or traumatic brain injury. These types of injuries can range from mild to severe and may even result in permanent disability. Here’s what you should know about the brain’s response to a car accident and how to get legal help as quickly as possible.

Blackouts or Loss of Consciousness

If a car accident victim “blacks out” or loses consciousness, this is often one of the first indicators that the brain has suffered impact during the collision.

Swelling of Brain Tissue

If the brain tissue begins to swell excessively after an impact, this is cause for alarm and can result in irreversible injury. Once the brain runs out of room, the skull itself will cause damage to delicate tissues as the brain begins to press into it from the inside.

Reduction Of Oxygen to the Brain

As the brain continues to swell and pushes against the inside of the skull, vessels that carry oxygenated blood to the brain are constricted or completely cut off. This causes the death of brain tissue, which results in the loss of bodily and cognitive function depending on where the injury is.

Seizure Activity

Irregular electrical impulses that occur in the brain after an injury can result in the onset of new or worsening seizure activity. Seizures may or may not resolve completely after the accident victim has recovered and reached maximum medical improvement. Usually, they’re treatable but may not be in some cases.

Increase in Cerebrospinal Fluid

Due to swelling, cerebrospinal fluid may no longer be able to drain properly and may build up inside the skull, resulting in hydrocephalus — a condition that puts additional pressure on delicate brain tissues. This fluid may need to be aspirated, or drained, to relieve symptoms like double vision, confusion, headaches, incontinence, and other issues caused by this condition.

How to Get Help From a Georgia Accident and Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one have been hurt in a car crash, you need to act quickly. Time is of the essence when it comes to securing your right to quality medical care for your injuries and compensation for the financial damages and pain and suffering you’ve endured as a result of an accident caused by someone else. Contact seasoned Georgia car accident law firm Appalachian Injury Law now for your free consultation by calling (706) 515-1995 or toll free at (800) 393-8595.

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