You were thankful to be alive after you were struck at the intersection of I-435 and 87th Street. You could easily have been killed—and although you suffered some broken bones and haven’t slept well since the accident—you’re happy to forget about the whole thing and get on with your life.
However, now a few more weeks have passed, and you still don’t feel right. You’re irritable, dizzy, and you’re still lying awake all night. If you didn’t know better, you’d think you had suffered brain damage in the crash—but it’s impossible since you never lost consciousness, right?
Common Misconceptions About Brain Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Unfortunately, many head injury victims convince themselves that they could not have suffered brain trauma in the crash because of what they “know” to be true. In some cases, these myths end up costing the victim his or her right to compensation—some victims may even lose their lives as a result.
Here are a few common myths about car accidents and traumatic brain injuries (TBI):
It Is Not Possible to Sustain a TBI If a Person Is Not Knocked Unconscious in the Course of the Accident
Truth: Many TBI victims remain conscious throughout the crash.
I Could Not Have Suffered TBI Because the Airbag Deployed
Truth: It is not necessary for victims to suffer a direct blow to the head (on the windshield, headrest or steering wheel) in order to suffer brain injury.
I Felt Fine After the Accident, So There’s Nothing to Worry About
Truth: Many victims appear normal after a crash. You may be able to walk, talk, and even make jokes at the scene, only to suffer a decline in the coming days.
I Didn’t Have Any Other Injuries, So My Head Is Probably Fine
Truth: Even if you walked away from the accident without so much as a bruise on your body, your brain could still have been affected.
My Scan Said I Was Clear, So I Don’t Have a Case
Truth: Not all brain damage can be detected by an MRI or CT-scan—and not every doctor is qualified to interpret the scan results.
We Weren’t Going That Fast
Truth: A traumatic brain injury can occur at any speed. Many TBIs occur on city streets where the speed limit is 45 mph or less.
My Medical Record After the Accident Says That I Didn’t Suffer a Head Injury
Truth: There is often a delay in the onset of TBI symptoms. If your head injury has been documented within a reasonable period of time after the crash, you may still have a case.
I Feel Fine
Truth: Many TBI victims are not aware of their condition. In most cases, it takes a close friend or family member to point out the changes in the victim’s behavior, mood, or personality.
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