Car accidents in Georgia can cause a variety of injuries to drivers and passengers. However, traumatic brain injuries are not always evident immediately following the accident. These potentially life-altering injuries can take hours to days to manifest.

According to TraumaticBrainInjury.com, car accidents account for “over half of all reported traumatic brain injuries.” The force of the vehicle hitting something else can cause the head to collide with stationary objects. The brain can also continue to move inside the skull even as the head has stopped motion. The amount of force of a car accident is the main reason TBIs result in more than other types of accidents.

The most serious TBI is blunt trauma that is often evident at the crash site. However, contusions and brain hemorrhages may not be so easily noticeable. The bruised or bleeding brain may not have outward symptoms immediately apparent, but they can manifest as time passes.

The Mayo Clinic breaks down the various symptoms TBI patients may experience. Symptoms can be as mild as loss of balance or headaches. Or they can be as severe as a coma. Mood changes, sensitivity to light and concentration problems are other symptoms TBI patients can suffer. Symptoms can range from obvious physical side effects to cognitive and sensory problems.

If the symptoms begin to occur following a vehicle accident, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Failure to receive proper medical care can make the symptoms worse and lead to additional problems. Not only that, but failure to seek medical care can make a personal injury case harder to win.

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