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50 percent of brain injuries are caused by car or truck wrecks

A traumatic brain injury can happen as the result of virtually any kind of serious accident, but they are particularly common in motor vehicle crashes. In fact, 50 percent of TBI cases are caused by car or truck wrecks. Tennessee residents engaged in military combat are also at risk.

A traumatic brain injury relates to damage to the brain area after the head is hit, jolted, bumped or suffers some other kind of damage -- like a bullet wound or asphyxiation. The worst cases of brain damage end in death or permanent disabilities. Milder forms of TBI go away with time and result in neck pain, headache, ringing ears, tiredness, dizziness and nausea.

When the TBI is moderate or severe, a number of symptoms may be present, but it is common for some of these symptoms to go undetected by treating physicians. Therefore it is important for serious car accident victims to watch out for the specific symptoms of brain damage. Those symptoms may include: worsening and/or constant headaches, continual nausea and vomiting. They may also include trouble waking up, seizures, convulsions and slurred speech. In other cases, victims might suffer from numbness in certain appendages and dilated eyes.

Brain damage resulting from car or truck wrecks caused by a negligent or unlawful driver could result in costly medical bills and life-long pain and suffering. Tennessee residents who are hurt in these kinds of crashes may wish to keep detailed records relating to their injuries and the accident in order to pursue claims for personal injury damages in court. Restitution in a successfully navigated claim of this type could help injured victims pay for their medical care. 

Source: nlm.nih.gov, "Traumatic Brain Injury: MedlinePlus", Accessed on June 6, 2015

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