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Whiplash and traumatic brain injuries: What you should know

Whether you have been involved in a seemingly minor fender bender, or a more serious auto accident, you may have suffered significant injuries. Traumatic brain damage is one of the most common accident injuries that can occur. According to, out of the 1.7 million people who suffer from a traumatic brain injury each year, approximately 17.3 percent are caused by motor vehicle accidents. This number, however, does not account for injuries that go undetected and undiagnosed.

Whiplash can occur when you or the occupants of your vehicle experience a sudden forceful impact. Since the brain is suspended within the skull cavity, a jolt can cause it to bounce into the hard skull bone. As a result, the brain tissue can become bruised, swollen and may begin to bleed. Depending on how severe the injury is, you may see the symptoms of whiplash immediately. Yet, some incidents of brain injuries may take weeks, months or even years to show up.

The symptoms of whiplash may also vary depending on where the brain is damaged. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that headaches, dizziness, confusion and memory problems are common indicators of brain injuries sustained from a whiplash.

If you have been involved in any type of car accident, you may want to seek medical attention as soon as possible. The quicker a brain injury is discovered and diagnosed, the faster you can begin treatment.  Treatment increases your odds of fully recovering and often consists of occupational therapy, speech therapy and other forms of rehabilitation. 

This information is intended to educate and should not be used as legal advice.

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