Statistics show that car accidents are the leading cause of brain injuries in the United States. Brain injuries go unnoticed as many individuals do not realize when they have suffered a brain injury after an accident. This in itself can likely make the injury more serious. It is common for a brain injury to be missed in emergency rooms. This results in an accident victim not getting the needed treatment after such a serious injury. As such delayed treatment can even be the cause of death. Therefore, the need to separate myth from fact.
Brain Injury: Fact
Because of the complex way the brain works, brain injuries continue to be a source of confusion even for doctors. For example, people think a person has to hit their head on something to have a brain injury. However, a brain injury can be caused through jerking movements caused by an accident making the brain hit the skull. It’s possible to get a brain injury without hitting your head on any part of the car in an accident. ‘When the brain [hits into] the skull this can cause the brain bleeding and swell. In such cases there is no outward bruising or injury to point directly to a brain injury.’
Brain Injury: Myth
A common myth is that a person needs to be knocked unconscious to get a brain injury. However, this is not always the case. One article states that becoming unconscious ‘is less likely to occur if the individual did not hit [their] head anything.’
Some individuals are able to walk, talk and act normally after sustaining a brain injury. This makes it even harder to know if it is a brain injury. Additionally, many individuals expect to see symptoms of brain injury immediately after an accident. Some accident victims may not show symptoms of a brain injury until hours, days or weeks after an accident. Therefore, this is why anyone involved in any accident must get medical attention even without visible injuries.
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