In any car accident in New Jersey, the risk of a concussion or other brain injury is high. You may sustain such an injury whether or not you hit your head. At Goldstein & Goldstein, LLP, our legal team often works with clients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries due to the negligence of others.
The Mayo Clinic notes that motor vehicle crashes are among the most common types of accidents that cause TBI. Even if you and the other vehicle occupants are wearing seat belts, the violent force of the accident can smash your head against objects, throw objects against your head or even send your brain crashing into your skull without contact with an external object.
Immediate symptoms may be masked by adrenaline, and some may even be delayed for several days. But, if you have a headache that gradually gets worse, you have trouble concentrating or remembering things, or you feel dizzy and off-balance, you may have a TBI. Other symptoms include the following:
- Mood issues: depression; anxiety and irritability
- Sleep issues: trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or waking up; fatigue
- Sensory issues: changes in smell or taste; blurred vision; sensitivity to light or sound; ringing ears
Fluid buildup in the brain and blood vessel damage are two issues that may not create immediate symptoms, but that could result in long-term complications. Cerebrospinal fluid in spaces in and around the brain creates pressure that could damage portions of the brain that are not even near the original damage. Bleeding inside the skull could also create dangerous pressure. There is also the risk that clotting will shift and block oxygen from getting to the brain, causing a stroke.
The serious nature of a brain injury and the potential for delayed symptoms makes seeking medical attention after a crash critical. More information about TBI and car accidents is available on our webpage.