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What should I do if I think I have a brain injury after an accident?

While traumatic brain injuries are not as common as other types of injuries in Missouri, they can have serious consequences for you. The signs of a TBI are not always noticeable right away. If you think you have suffered from a TBI following a car accident, there are steps you can take.  

Traumaticbraininjury.com states that “over half of all reported traumatic brain injuries are the result of an automobile accident.” When you are in a car accident, there is a higher likelihood that your head may strike an object with force such as the back of the seat or the steering wheel. Whiplash is a common occurrence in car accidents that can result in TBI.  

A TBI does not always require fracturing or an object penetrating the skull to occur. The sheer force of movement of a car accident can cause the brain to continue moving even though the skull has ceased movement. A contusion is when the brain has bruising on it while a hemorrhage is when the brain bleeds. Neither hemorrhaging or contusions are visible following an accident and require a medical professional to diagnose. 

Serious injuries can result following a TBI especially an undiagnosed one. The injury may have resulted due to a manufacturer defect or merely to the accident itself. A police report can help determine the fault and whether or not further investigation is necessary. 

Seeking medical attention immediately following an accident can help you determine whether or not you have TBI. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.