Can I have a brain injury without a blow to the head?

Can I have a brain injury without a blow to the head?

Traumatic brain injury is known to result from a jolt to the head that can cause a wide range of cognitive, emotional and physical problems. Car accidents, explosions, falls and work accidents are just some of the ways they can occur. Some people may find it surprising that brain injuries can happen even when there has been no direct blow to the head.

Whiplash is one example of how a brain injury can occur without a direct blow to the head. In a car accident, a person’s head can be quickly accelerated and decelerated. As a result, the twisting forces could stretch or severe connecting fibers in the brain. The result is disrupted communicate between nerve cells and reduced efficiency of brain networks.

When TBIs result from the negligence or wrongdoing of another, an injury victim may be able to file a claim for monetary damages. Traumatic brain injuries can be challenging to prove, however, including TBIs that do not result from a known hit to the head.

An experienced brain injury attorney will understand how to use medical experts to explain how the accident happened, the treating doctor to understand how our client is affected by the brain injury, and have friends and acquaintances discuss the person’s behavior before and after the injury.

Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Patients


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