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You could have a brain injury even without impacting your head

You probably know that a brain injury can happen if you hit your head, but did you know that it could happen even if you don't? Brain injuries can happen when the brain impacts the inside of the skull, even if the skull isn't impacted from the outside.

Here's an example. If you're riding in your car and are hit from behind, your head may whip forward or twist suddenly. The brain could then hit the inside of the skull or twist in a way that tears ligaments or tissues.

The problem with a head injury that is not caused by a direct impact is that it might be harder to recognize. That's why it's so important to go to the emergency room after you're involved in any kind of collision. If you have a headache, dizziness, trouble with your vision or other issues, make sure you let the emergency team know and go in for testing. You could have bleeding on the brain or other complications that are dangerous to your health.

A traumatic brain injury can significantly impact your life. If you are involved in a collision, you need to seek care. You're not alone. In fact, between 80,000 and 90,000 people experience long-term disabilities as a result of traumatic brain injuries yearly. Early treatment may help prevent some disabilities and minimize the damage to the brain, which is why a medical exam is so vital after you get hurt.

Our website has more on how to get help after you suffer a brain injury. If another driver struck you, you may be able to seek compensation.

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