There are many different types of injuries to the brain that happen as the result of a car accident. Any time there is a blow, bump, jolt, or impact to the brain, it is going to cause some trauma.

Brain injuries are classified as either minor or major. That does not mean that a person with a “minor” injury is not going to face a battle trying to recover. It simply means that he or she is not bleeding, unconscious, or totally incapacitated. Every injury should be monitored by a doctor because any symptom can cause problems that might disrupt your life.

Our brain injury lawyers are going to explain the various terms used when talking about traumatic brain injuries. We hope to share some information that will make it easier to associate symptoms with the injury and help you understand and seek the right care.

  • Concussion
    • This is the most common brain injury. This simply means the brain has suffered a blow, impact, or a sudden change in movement. When diagnosed, you may undergo further testing, or the doctor may opt to just wait and see what (if anything) happens.
  • Contusion
    • Contusion is a fancy name for a bruise and we all get bruises from time to time. They happen when you have struck the tender tissues of the body and the blood in the area gathers at the top, just under the skin. When the blood clots under the skin, it can cause a bump. A bump on the head is not usually serious. A bruise will usually heal in about 2 weeks. However, a bruise inside the head (on the brain) can be more serious. This must be treated by a doctor.
  • Croup-Contrecoup
    • This means the bruise is on both sides of the brain. In other words, if the left side of the head was struck hard enough to make the brain shift and hit the right side of the head, you could have dual bruises.
  • Concussion
    • When the impact to the head cause a strong rotation, which made the brain structures rip or tear, you have a concussion. This is also called diffuse axonal.

Signs Of Traumatic Brain Injury

Note: Anything that seems “off” or “odd” to you about the behavior of your loved one who has been struck on the head, could be a sign of injury. Please seek medical attention.

The following symptoms may appear after a brain injury:

  • Confusion
  • Lack of concentration
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Vision problems
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Depression
  • Slurred speech
  • Memory loss
  • Inability to recognize things or people
  • Falling or lack of balance

Though these symptoms may be classified as minor, they can keep you from being able to work, drive, or go to school.

There is hope that the brain will repair itself, but brain injury is a slow process. Some symptoms may not go away. In that case, you may have to learn a different way to live or work.

It is wise to contact a brain injury lawyer to find out what your rights are and to seek financial compensation if the accident was caused by someone else.