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Cerebral Edema: Brain Injuries Part 3, by Falls Church Car Crash Lawyer

Michael Strong
Senior Attorney, Strong Law Firm
More than 40% of the 1.4 million Americans who are diagnosed annually with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) receive those injuries in traffic-related accidents. Because many traumatic brain injuries aren’t immediately apparent after a Virginia car accident, they sometimes can go undiagnosed during the period when treatment would be most effective, possibly leading to tragic outcomes.

Cerebral Swelling: Under pressure

Cerebral edema, or swelling of brain tissue, can be the result of impact or intense whipping injuries involving the head. The brain moves inside the skull, striking the interior of the hard bone and bruises. Fragments of bone can also cause ruptures and swelling.

There is no space for the fluid resulting from bruises inside of the skull. The resulting excess of pressure on the brain, known as intracranial pressure, cuts off the critical supply of oxygen to the brain, and can quickly cause irreversible damage.

It often isn’t apparent at the scene of an accident whether a victim has sustained a traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of cerebral edema may not become apparent for hours or even days. In the case of intense pressure on the brain, brain cells can be damaged or killed. Depending on what function the damaged tissue controlled, this could mean the loss of cognitive, motor or even primary functions like maintaining the heart.

If a trauma-induced cerebral edema is left untreated, it can take up to a week for the patient to pass away.

If you’ve been struck in the head or sustained a whipping injury in a Virginia auto accident, seek medical attention immediately.

Symptoms will vary depending on what part of the brain has been bruised. Symptoms may begin abruptly hours or days after the injury. Even if you’ve already received treatment after a traffic-related incident, if you develop any of these symptoms, it is imperative that you find someone to take you to the hospital right away.

  • Headache
  • Stiffness or pain in the neck
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizzy spells
  • Difficulty breathing, or breathing irregularly
  • Blindness or distortion of vision
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Catatonia 
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

If you or a loved one has sustained a cerebral edema or other TBI in a Virginia auto accident, speak with a Falls Church car crash lawyer. The Strong Law Firm assists victims of Virginia, District of Columbia, and Maryland car wrecks. Make an appointment for your confidential, no-cost case review today. Call our offices at 887-344-8189 or reach us online with the contact form above.

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