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Auto accidents common precursor to brain injuries

When people are involved in an automobile accident, they may suffer from a number of serious injuries, such as spinal cord damage, broken bones and lacerations. One of the most common car accident injuries, however, is traumatic brain damage. Motor vehicle accidents are the third leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in Connecticut and across the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. Traumatic brain injuries range from mild to severe, and can lead to long-term cognitive damage. In some cases, brain injury victims are not able to return to work, participate in their favorite activities or even perform simple everyday tasks due to their disabilities.

The sudden impact or jolt of a vehicle collision can cause the brain to smack into the hard skull bone. This force may cause the brain’s soft tissue to bleed and bruise, as reported by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Not only can this cause immediate damage, but the brain can continue to swell and bleed. This can result in even further problems for days, weeks and months to come. The victim may be unaware that they have a brain injury until sometime after the accident occurred.

People suffering from brain injuries may experience different signs, such as persistent headaches, nausea, dizziness and sensory deficiencies, which can make TBIs difficult to diagnose. Once the injury is found, medical professionals can create a treatment plan customized to the injury. The victim may receive speech therapy, counseling, occupational therapy and/or physical therapy depending on what type of damage they have. 

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