Suffering Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD After a Car Accident
Each year approximately 2.5 million individuals suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), with about 50,000 proving fatal, and over 80,000 cases resulting in permanent disability.
Traumatic brain injury is a major cause of death and disability in the United States, contributing to about 30% of all injury deaths.
Head Trauma in Car Accidents:
Over 50% of TBIs are caused by auto accidents.
Traumatic brain injuries span from a concussion to hemorrhages. That is why it is imperative – even if you feel fine after an accident – to seek medical attention.
Possible Damage to the Brain
Essentially, three separate processes work to damage the brain, including bruising or bleeding, tearing, and swelling.
If an individual is involved in an auto accident involving sudden and violent forces, such as head-on, broadside, or rear-end collision causing a quick and sudden stop, the soft tissue of the brain is pushed against the hard bone of the skull. This sudden movement can cause blood vessels to rupture – resulting in a fatal brain injury if not caught in time.
Even If your brain injury is mild in nature, like a concussion, the mental effects may be lifelong.
TBI and PTSD
New research is highlighting the correspondence of brain injuries and individuals who suffer with PTSD.
There is a significant overlap of symptoms between TBIs and PTSD. For instance, both syndromes can affect mood, heighten anxiety, affect sleep patterns, cause fatigue, and impact the ability to concentrate.
Estimates find that of those with TBI (in cases of nonmilitary trauma), 14% to 56% have PTSD.
Furthermore, another study of traumatically injured civilians found that those with traumatic brain injury were more likely to develop PTSD.
No matter the injuries, an auto accident is a traumatizing and fearful experience. It is crucial to seek medical attention to ensure your health and wellness, and if you do experience a TBI or other physical injuries – it can be diagnosed as soon as possible.
If you have been injured in a car accident, the attorneys at Kimmel, Carter, Roman, Peltz & O’Neill are here to help. Call Kimmel Carter, Delaware’s Largest Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Law Firm, at 302-565-6100 for a free case evaluation.