The U.S. Congressional Brain Injury Task Force has scheduled the Capitol Hill Brain Injury Awareness Day for March 13, 2019. This day will focus on traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). TBIs are most frequently caused by traffic accidents and are among the most severe injuries.
“Brain damage is an injury that causes the destruction or deterioration of brain cells. About 2.6 million people have some type of brain injury every year in the United States, whether as a result of trauma, stroke, tumor, or other illnesses. About 52,000 die as a result of traumatic brain injury, and more than 5 million Americans who have suffered traumatic brain injury require assistance in performing daily activities,” according to the Brain Injury Association of America.
WebMD says TBIs are caused by an external force, such as a blow to the head, which causes the brain to move inside the skull or damages the skull, injuring the brain.
Brain injuries, as a result of traffic accidents, are very concerning as they may not be apparent immediately following an accident, reports Florida Physical Medicine (FPM). FPM says these are the types of traffic-accident brain injuries:
- Concussions are one of the most familiar types of brain injuries, especially when it comes to car accidents. It happens when the brain receives trauma from impact, sudden momentum, or movement change.
- Contusion. Contusion is another word for “bruise,” but when it involves the brain, it is more complicated than a bruise on your shin. It can even be serious enough that it requires surgical removal.
- Coup-Contrecoup.This word describes contusions on both sides of the brain, the site of impact and the opposite side of impact.
- Diffuse Axonal.This type of injury can be caused by a strong rotation of the head, which causes brain structures to tear. Concussions are a mild form of diffuse axonal injury.
- Penetrating injuries occur when an object has penetrated through the head and into the brain.
FPM says victims of traffic accidents, and their families, need to watch for the following symptoms:
- Difficulty thinking
- Slowed thinking or response times
- Concentration difficulty
- Light or sound sensitivity
- Coordination or balance difficulty
- Extreme exhaustion
- Low level of alertness
- Difficulty dealing with emotions
- Period of unconsciousness after the accident
- Numbness in extremities
- Dilated or uneven pupils
“Since brain injury symptoms may not be apparent following a traffic accident, it is important to get medical attention immediately following an accident, even when those involved in the accident may not feel anything is wrong. We have the experienced legal team ready to assist you and your family if you are injured in a vehicle accident. We are available 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees unless we make a monetary recovery for you,” said Randall Spivey, Fort Myers Brain Injury Attorney, at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
Fort Myers Brain Injury Attorney, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839,or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.