Georgia car accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Atlanta. Did you know that you don't have to hit your head to sustain a brain injury? The sudden stop of a car wreck has enough force to cause your brain to crash against your own skull. The impact of the brain against the skull can cause serious brain injury even after a minor collision.
When the brain hits the skull, there may be bleeding, bruising, tearing or swelling. Most people recover from their brain injuries with no lasting side effects; however, some brain injuries are more serious. These injuries can leave the accident victim permanently disabled. The best prevention is early treatment, so if you've been in a car accident, see a doctor.
When you visit the doctor, he will ask you questions about yourself and current events in order to test your memory. He will ask about the car accident and about past medical problems, especially prior head injuries. He will also ask if you've had any symptoms including: vomiting, seizures or problems breathing since the accident. He may order additional tests such as computerized tomography (CT) scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in order to look for physical damage. You may need to stay in the hospital for observation.
Sometimes patients are sent home, but are told to have a friend or family member keep an eye out for worsening symptoms. Common head injury symptoms include: headache, nausea, dizziness, ringing in the ears, neck pain, anxiety, depression and irritability. Symptoms of a serious head injury include:
- Any symptom that is getting worse, including headaches, nausea or sleepiness
- Persistent nausea
- Sudden changes in behavior, irritability, or confusion
- Dilated pupils or pupils of different sizes
- Trouble walking or speaking
- Clear or blood fluid leaking from the ears or nose
- Weakness or numbness in the arms or legs
- Memory problems
- Difficulty concentrating
Although symptoms can last weeks or up to a year, most mild head injuries don't cause permanent brain damage. Severe head injuries can leave a person unable to work or live independently. Many victims of serious brain injury require years of rehabilitation.
Brain injuries caused by car accidents are expensive. If your loved one has suffered traumatic brain injury from Georgia car crash, you may be able to seek compensation on their behalf. An Atlanta brain injury attorney can help you claim damages for medical expenses, loss of income or earning potential, long term care and therapy, and pain and suffering. For more information contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 and request a free consultation with an Atlanta brain injury attorney.
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