A car accident in New Mexico can have long-term effects on a person’s health. One of the more serious injuries sustained is a traumatic brain injury. Depending on the severity of the injury, a person can experience life-altering effects. 

Mayfield Brain & Spine states that car accidents are a common cause of a TBI. The forceful stop of the vehicle can cause the brain to continue moving within the skull, cause the skull to impact a stationary object or send an object within the vehicle to strike the head. The injury can damage part of all of the brain. 

The initial injury causes the brain to swell and go into trauma mode. When this happens, a person can experience a secondary injury because the brain receives less oxygen-rich blood potentially resulting in more serious problems. Many individuals experience a combination of injuries to the brain rather than a single one. 

The Mayo Clinic lists the symptoms of a TBI from mild to severe. The injuries can cause communication problems, altered consciousness including a coma, emotional changes, physical complications, sensory problems, behavioral changes, degenerative brain diseases and intellectual problems. 

Even a mild TBI can cause nausea, dizziness, mood swings, disorientation, sleep issues and loss of consciousness. Some symptoms appear immediately following the accident while others may take up to weeks to surface. Some people may not realize that their symptoms relate to an injury suffered during a car accident. 

If a person experiences any symptoms following a car accident, they should immediately seek medical attention. Even mild injuries can have lasting consequences.