Traumatic brain injury (TBI), or simply head injury, occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, such as in a rear end collision, or more often in a head on collision.Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain.
Often people who are injured in automobile accidents do not realize they have suffered a head injury. If recognized early, there is much that can be done to lessen the symptoms and return the person to pre-injury state. The National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Strokehas an excellent web page designated to this type of injury. The NINDS is a part of the National Institute of Health.
Over the years we have dealt with many people who had head injury, but went undiagnosed. A neuropsychologistcan administer test that accurately diagnose this type of injury. It is important for people who have been in an accident to get treatment if they have suffered a head injury and not to let it go untreated.