Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild to severe. A concussion is considered a mild brain injury but can cause permanent impairment. A concussion can be caused from a car accident, a whiplash type injury, a gunshot or violent shaking of the head. Closed or open head injuries can cause a concussion. During a concussion, the cranial nerves can be damaged and blood vessels can be stretched. There may be a brief loss of consciousness. Concussions sometimes heal within months. Other concussions can take several years to heal.
Hand and wrist injuries often occur during motor vehicle accidents. Many people instinctively throw their hands up to brace themselves for an impact. Common hand or wrist injuries can include:
A traumatic brain injury can result from a Sarasota or Bradenton motor vehicle accident and may not be apparent immediately following the accident. Anyone who receives a blow to the head, even if not painful right away, should seek immediate medical attention. A brain "bruise" can occur after an accident without any outward or noticeable physical symptoms. The nerves around the brain can stretch and cause an axonal injury. An injured accident victim with a brain bleed can appear normal at first, but as pressure on the brain builds, the signs and symptoms of a TBI become more apparent.