If you have suffered any kind of blow or injury to the head, it is in your best interests to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you feel completely fine, there is a chance that you suffered a brain injury that could cause serious medical concerns in the future. Catching such a brain injury early on could prevent you from facing brain trauma that completely alters your daily life.
There are many different types of brain injuries, some of which are acquired and some of which are traumatic. Acquired brain injuries refer to instances in which oxygen supply to the brain was cut off or reduced, causing permanent damage to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries refer to instances in which an external force injured your head and brain in some way or another. Depending on the injury that you suffered, you could have one of many different types of traumatic brain injury.
Perhaps the most obvious brain injury is a penetration injury, in which an outside object penetrates your skull and enters your brain. If such an injury is not fatal, it can cause incredible damage to the brain, and medical assistance is recommended immediately. Other, less obvious brain injuries occur when a significant amount of force is applied to the head and brain, causing concussions, contusions or even diffuse axonal injuries.
From a professional standpoint, only those with a high-impact occupation (such as boxers or football players) are likely to suffer such brain injuries. However, anyone can suffer a serious brain injury in a car accident if the accident occurred at high speeds, causing whiplash and force trauma to the head. If you have been involved in a car accident in Tennessee, you may wish to consider meeting with a doctor to assess the risk of brain injury. If you were not at fault in the accident, and you discover that you are suffering from a brain injury, you may wish to meet with an attorney to see if you can recover compensation for your injuries.