If you have been involved in a car accident in California, you may suffer from a number of injuries, including broken bones, lacerations, soft tissue damage and brain injuries. Car accidents are one of the most common causes of brain damage in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Brain injuries range from mild to severe, and in some cases, may result in long-term damage. It is important to know how to detect brain injuries, and when to seek medical help to prevent further damage from occurring.
What is traumatic brain damage?
The soft brain tissue sits suspended in cerebrospinal fluid within the skull cavity. Any significant force or impact can cause the brain to hit against the inside of the skull bone. This impact can result in brain bruising, inflammation and bleeding. Other injuries may occur from flying objects piercing through the skull bone and penetrating the brain tissue.
How to identify the symptoms?
While some signs of brain damage may appear immediately after the accident occurred, other symptoms may take days or weeks to appear. Furthermore, the signs may differ depending on what area of the brain is affected, and how severe the damage is. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, signs of mild brain damage may include the following:
- Confusion and dizziness
- Change in behavior or mood
- Sensory deficiencies, such as hearing issues, blurred vision or difficulty speaking
- Trouble with short-term memory or concentration
- Change in sleeping patterns
Moderate to severe symptoms may include seizures, convulsions, nausea and vomiting, slurred speech, tingling in the extremities or muscle weakness.
If you have been in a car accident, you should seek attention from a medical professional to ensure you do not have a brain injury. If one is detected, the doctor can customize a treatment plan for you.