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Understanding How Car Accidents Can Lead To TBIs


Traumatic brain injuries,1 often called “TBIs,” are a serious injury that can have long-term and serious consequences for people who sustain them. The most common form of mild TBI is a concussion, which itself is a serious injury that requires immediate medical attention and can keep people out of work for weeks or even months. More serious TBIs can leave victims with disabilities that can prevent them from returning to work at all or even being able to live independently.

In order to understand how car accidents can cause TBIs, it is helpful to understand how they occur generally. TBIs can happen when a person hits his or her head against another object or even if their head back and forth hard enough to cause the brain to move around within the cranium. Because of the extreme physical forces involved in car accidents, there are many ways in which a crash could cause a TBI. Some of the more common include the following:

  • Hitting your head against the dashboard or windshield of the vehicle in which you are riding
  • Being ejected from the vehicle and hitting your head on the ground or another vehicle
  • Your head snapping back and forth quickly due to sudden acceleration or deceleration

TBI Effects

People who sustain traumatic brain injuries can experience a wide variety of symptoms, even in milder cases. In some cases, these symptoms can last for a significant period of time and interfere with your life on a day-to-day basis. Some of the common symptoms that may TBI victims experience include dizziness, headaches, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, difficulty concentrating and sleep disturbances. If you believe that you have sustained a TBI in a motor vehicle accident, you should be sure to see a physician as soon as you can.

Contact an Ocala Auto Accident Attorney Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation

Individuals who sustain TBIs in car accidents often significant losses, such as medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. If you have found yourself in this position, you should contact a attorney as soon as you can, as you may be entitled to compensation for your losses under Florida law.2 To learn more about how we can help you, call Meldon Law today at 800-373-8000 or send us an email through our online contact form.

  1. CDC: Traumatic Brain Injury
  2. CDC: Distracted Driving
  3. Smartphone apps to help after an accident
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