In the UK, motor accidents are the single, largest cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Although the damage to the outside of the head may be very obvious after an accident, sometimes brain damage is more subtle than that. Any knock can cause harm.
Annually, one million people in the UK are sent to hospital due to a head injury. From minor to exceptionally severe, 110,000 are hospitalised because of the damage.
Men are 2-3 times more likely to have a head injury than women. In car accidents, brain injuries most commonly occur in men between the ages of 15 and 29, and 70% of all deaths that happen in a vehicle accident arise from TBI.
The Effect of TBI on Others
The ripple effect of this incident is devastating for the individual and their families. Severely brain damaged victims need serious care for the rest of their lives. Families are overturned and relatives often have to abandon employment to provide full-time care.
Thanks to new developments in vehicle design, it’s less likely that drivers and passengers will die in a car accident. With seatbelts, headrests, bumpers, and airbags on-hand to reduce your chances of sustaining a life-threatening injury, it’s now safer than ever to get behind the wheel of a car.
According to the BBC, an estimated 730,000 people are killed in road collisions every year; many deaths go unreported. The Office for National Statistics says that a disabling accident happens every fifteen minutes. Road traffic accidents are the foremost cause of death for young people aged between 6 and 33.
This obviously leads to serious costs for the NHS, from medical attention to post-injury care. Notice your symptoms early.
What Are the Symptoms of TBI?
Sometimes, you may not knowthat you have a head injury. The damage can be entirely internal. These symptoms may occur a few hours or days after the accident. If you feel any of the following, go straight to the doctor: headaches, nausea, vomiting, impaired vision, difficulty speaking, confusion, sleepiness, loss of consciousness, blood or clear fluid (from the ears or nose), heavy thirst, or loss of your sense (example: smell).
If you were involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, remember to log your symptoms and go see a medical professional. The damage may be more serious than you first thought and head injury claims can provide you with enough money to cover the subsequent care you’ll need.
Long-term symptoms you may not be able to avoid: headaches due to scarred tissue or cerebrospinal fluid, depression (potentially lethal), memory problems, movement issues, and difficulty processing information or actions. It’s natural to experience some erectile dysfunction (men), loss of libido, loss of periods, infertility, weight issues, and fatigue.
These symptoms may exhibit some time after your injury. Make sure that you get an X-ray to check if your skull is fractured, if your head has experienced a serious blow. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
About the author:
This post has been provided by Zoe, a UK-based health and lifestyle blogger. She has contributed this post for injury solicitors Barlow Robbins.