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Concussion/MTBI & Your Car Accident - What's The Cause ?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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I want to let you know right off the bat that I really dislike, actually I hate, the term concussion.

Why ?

I firmly believe that the term concussion understates the injury.  Why not call a spade a spade. A concussion is actually a mild traumatic brain injury.

Ok. Now that we've got that straight. Why don't we talk about what some people call a concussion ( I prefer the term  MTBI) in the context of a car accident.

A  mild traumatic brain injury can be caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head. The type of thing that  can take place when you're involved in a car accident.

And contrary to what many people believe, you don't actually need to lose consciousness in order to suffer an MTBI.

So what exactly is the science underlying an MTBI ?

Alright, I'll try and keep it simple.

Your brain is a soft organ that is surrounded by spinal fluid and that's protected by your skull. Which of course is hard.

Now normally, the spinal fluid surrounding your brain acts like a cushion. In other words, it keeps your brain from banging into the interior of your skull.

A person suffers an MTBI  when there head is subjected to sufficient force that the spinal fluid surrounding the brain isn't able to  adequately cushion the brain. This can happen in the context of the brain striking the interior of the skull. Or when the head is jolted to the extent that microscopic sheering takes place within the interior of the brain.

Let's move on to talk about how someone might suffer an MTBI in a car accident.

The first circumstance where an MTBI might occur is where the injured person's head comes into direct contact with something. For example, if you're in a vehicle and you bang your head on a window, another part of the interior of the vehicle or something/someone else inside the vehicle. Or you  might be  involved in a pedestrain accident and strike your head on the hood, bumper  or other part of the car that hit you. And if you're knocked off you feet by striking your head on the road.

A second situation where an MTBI can occur is where the injured person's head is jolted back and forth violently. Like when an individual is driving a car that's rear ended at such a speed that their head whips forward and back with a good deal of force.

MTBI is a serious medical condition and need to be treated accordingly. I'd strongly suggest that medical attention be sought right away if you or someone you know may have suffered an MTBI as a result of a car accident.


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