One of the worst forms of damage that a patient can sustain after a car crash is a brain injury. But, other things can cause this medical condition. Is it possible to sustain brain injury upon birth? How about a sudden head impact, like accidentally hitting the head on the wall or a low-rise ceiling?
Brain injury can be caused by different contributory factors, which will be discussed in detail below.
One of the common causes of brain injury is a car accident. The signs and symptoms may not be apparent. The patient’s senses, such as sight, taste, and hearing can be altered. One example is blurry vision.
Even without visible marks or wounds on the head, there are ways to detect a seeming injury to the brain. This blog post on Peddicord & Townsend’s website tackles the signs and symptoms of brain injury.
The most serious types of vehicle accidents that could cause brain injury include head-on collision or two vehicles crashing against each other, bumper to bumper, or running off the road collision or a vehicle leaving the roadway, and then striking a fixed object, like a light pole or a concrete barrier.
The following are the different types of head injuries one may suffer from a car accident that may lead to brain injury:
Falls and slips may cause brain injury that may lead to temporary or total paralysis or brain damage, bounding a patient to a wheelchair or bed permanently. The patient needs to seek emergency medical intervention within 72 hours after a fall or slip accident. See a family doctor, or go to a walk-in clinic or an emergency room.
Just because there’s no visible damage on the head doesn’t necessarily mean there’s no injury inside. Watch any fall or slip victim closely for signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury. The doctor usually discovers brain injury through CT or MRI scans to determine the severity.
Check the following possible damages of brain injury:
Some infants undergo forceps delivery wherein the attendant uses forceps to help the baby out of the mother’s birth canal for different reasons, such as oversized babies. About six to eight injuries occur per 1000 live births in the United States, in which the most susceptible to birth trauma are larger infants.
Babies born prematurely may suffer from a lack of oxygen or asphyxiation, resulting in brain damage. Medical negligence, such as letting the baby slip off the hands during normal delivery, may also cause the baby to fall on the floor, causing brain injury.
Nontraumatic brain injuries are also called acquired brain injuries not caused by trauma. Here are some examples of nontraumatic brain injuries:
There are many types of brain injury, including acquired brain injury or injury to the brain since birth, and traumatic brain injury caused by assault or road traffic accidents. It’s always best to know the factors so as to address brain injury in its early stages.