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Did you know that car crashes cause most TBIs in the US?

Let us say that you are the victim of a low-speed, rear-end collision. The impact caused you to bump your head on the steering wheel, but otherwise you feel all right.

A prompt medical evaluation is in order in case that bump caused a concussion or even a traumatic brain injury. Car crashes are responsible for many TBI cases.

Not immediately apparent

A brain injury may not be apparent at the time of a vehicle crash. Symptoms are sometimes slow to develop, but they may appear a few hours or even a few days later. You should see a doctor if you begin to experience headaches, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, a sensitivity to light or noise, drowsiness or a change in your pattern of sleep. You might also begin to feel disoriented or confused. These are all symptoms of a possible head injury.

Two types of TBI

A traumatic brain injury will take one of two forms: open or closed. An open TBI refers to penetration, as when a foreign object pierces the skull and enters the brain. A closed TBI is much more common and occurs when your head strikes an object, such as the windshield or steering wheel. There is no penetration involved in this kind of TBI, but you could end up with a black-and-blue goose egg. Obviously, medical attention is essential in the case of an open TBI, but a closed head injury also requires prompt treatment, because you could experience long-term thinking and memory issues.

Submitting a claim

Seeing a doctor following a vehicle crash, no matter how you feel, is an important step to take in terms of your well-being and in submitting a claim to an insurance company. A medical report will tie any injury you might have directly to the crash and help you get a full and fair settlement. You should never be nonchalant about a head injury.

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