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Cerebral Laceration: Brain Injuries Pt. 2, by VA Auto Accident Lawyer

Michael Strong
Senior Attorney, Strong Law Firm
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be life changing. An average of 1.4 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury every year. More than 40% of those injuries are caused by traffic-related accidents. Because brain injuries aren’t necessarily evident immediately after a Virginia auto accident, they can sometimes go undiagnosed for crucial hours or days, leading to tragic results.

Cerebral Tearing: Severed Connections

Cerebral lacerations, or tearing of brain tissue, result from the brain being propelled into the hard bone of the skull when the head is struck or severely jostled. This is also the case in cerebral contusion, but instead of bruising, brain tissue is torn. Tears can be microscopic in nature, difficult for medical professionals to find even with the help of neurological imaging equipment like an MRI or a CT scan. 

The impact of a cerebral laceration on the injured person isn’t microscopic at all. Severed nerves in the brain can cause intense and long-term cognitive, motor, social and emotional problems.

Like cerebral contusions, lacerations often result from being whipped forward and back in a collision. Tears are most common at the front and lower sides of the brain. Injury can occur even at relatively low speeds. The victim doesn’t necessary need to hit his or her head for tearing to occur, and there is often no visible trauma to the head. 

Also similar to cerebral contusions, it may not be apparent at the scene of an accident that the victim has sustained a cerebral laceration. An injured person may seem fully cognizant for hours after their injury, when symptoms will build up rapidly. If there is bleeding, the building pressure on the brain will cause the injured person to go into a coma or die.

If you’ve hit your head or been subjected to extreme jostling on impact in a Virginia auto accident, it is imperative that you go to a hospital immediately.

Symptoms may vary dependant on what part of the brain was injured. If you experience any of the following symptoms after a car accident, seek a doctor’s care as soon as possible.

  • Bouts of unconsciousness, worsening into eventual coma
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness and lack of muscle control
  • Confusion
  • Problems with vision, speech, hearing or cognitive functions

The Alexandria auto accident attorneys at The Strong Law Firm assist victims of Virginia, District of Columbia, and Maryland auto wrecks. If you or a loved one sustained a cerebral laceration or other traumatic brain injury during a traffic accident, we may be able to help. Schedule your confidential and free consultation today. Call our offices at 887-344-8189 or reach us online with our quick contact form.

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