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What happens to the brain after a car accident injury?

On Behalf of | May 27, 2019 | Car Accidents |

A car accident can change your life in an instant. In the moments that it takes an accident to happen, you may find yourself left with serious injuries and property damage that can impact your life for years to come. This is especially true if you suffer a brain injury.

Brain injuries are complex, and no two recoveries will be the same. Whether you suffered a minor head injury or you are facing long-term debilitation because of your TBI, you may need extensive help and support to move forward after your accident. It can help to learn more about what to expect from a brain injury and what you can do to make sure you have what you need to get better and move forward.

What to expect from a TBI

A traumatic brain injury is any type of blow to the head that leads to the damage and destruction of the brain tissue. A closed head injury is a common type of injury to suffer after a car accident, resulting in damage to a specific part of the brain or leading to injury throughout the brain. The brain reacts in different ways to different types of TBIs, but the following includes things that often happen after suffering this type of head injury:

  • Brain tissue starts to react to the damage, which often means processes are initiated that lead to brain cell death.
  • The victim may start experiencing physical reactions, such as respiratory issues and cognition issues.
  • After the initial physical reactions, a victim may begin displaying reactions that include aggression, irritation and more.
  • Over time, some signs and symptoms begin to stabilize or subside, but damaged nerves and neurons typically do not fully mend themselves. 

Victims of brain injuries may completely recover over time, or they may have certain aspects of their function and cognition that never return to their post-injury state. TBI victims often find that they need extensive care and support in the immediate aftermath of their car accident.

Are you a victim of a TBI? 

If you suffered from this type of injury, you do not have to walk through the aftermath and recovery time alone. Kentucky personal injury laws allow victims of the reckless or negligent actions of another person to pursue appropriate compensation for their pain and suffering. If you believe you have a case, you would be wise to take quick action to initiate the civil claims process.