When a car accident occurs, a person usually has no time to respond; instead, in the blink of an eye, vehicles collide, force is absorbed by the vehicles, and the occupant’s body is jolted in an aggressive–and often injury-causing–manner. The result can be high property damage expenses, severe bodily harm, and shock and psychological injuries, too.

One of the most common car accident-related injuries is whiplash. But what few people know about this injury type is that whiplash often is the cause of a TBI – traumatic brain injury. If you’ve been in a Massachusetts car accident and have suffered a whiplash-related TBI, our lawyers at the office of Tetzel Law, LLC can help.

Whiplash: What it Is and How it Happens

Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissues of the neck. Whiplash occurs when the neck and head are snapped in a back-and-forth whip-like motion, earning this injury type its name. Whiplash is very common in a car accident because when a collision occurs and a vehicle is forced to stop suddenly, the head and neck of the vehicle occupant still continue moving forward, only to then be aggressively snapped back. This type of injury is also common on rollercoasters.

How Whiplash Can Cause a Traumatic Brain Injury

Whiplash is not always an isolated injury, and in serious cases, whiplash can be the cause of a traumatic brain injury. A traumatic brain injury occurs as a result of blunt trauma to the brain or rapid acceleration or deceleration forces in the brain, the latter of which may occur in conjunction with a whiplash injury. While a whiplash-related brain injury will typically be classified as “mild,” even a mild injury should be taken seriously, as it could have long-lasting cognitive consequences for the affected individual.

Steps to Take After an Accident

If you have been in an accident, it’s important to know that both whiplash and traumatic brain injuries do not always present themselves immediately; you may not notice soreness in your neck (a sign of whiplash) or confusion or fatigue (signs of a TBI) until hours after the accident, or even until the next morning.

Because these injuries cannot always be detected with the naked eye, it’s very important to seek medical care immediately after an accident, even if you feel OK. By seeking medical care, you ensure that you get the diagnosis and treatment that you need, and also establish a clear link between your accident and any injuries that you may later claim damages for. You should also file a police report and tell your insurance company you’ve been in an accident.

Our Law Firm Is Here to Serve You

Both whiplash and a traumatic brain injury can be serious, and if you suffer either or both, you may face high medical bills, temporary disability, lost wages, and other damages. At the office of Tetzel Law, LLC, our Massachusetts car accident lawyers will help you understand the claims process and how to maximize your recovery amount. Reach us today at (617) 933-3858 or send us a message directly to schedule your free consultation.