Suffering head trauma from car accidents is, unfortunately, all too common these days. While the majority of head injuries are minor in nature, there are many head traumas that are considered severe, as in the case of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). While both minor and severe head injuries are associated with loss of consciousness and other physical and behavioral side effects, those who suffer severe head injuries are at an increased risk for developing seizures.
Types of Seizures Following an Auto Accident
When loss of consciousness, penetration of the brain, or internal bleeding around the brain happens, the victim can suffer seizures. Seizures can happen immediately after a collision or may even occur a week to nine months later. While many people assume they know what a seizure looks like, there are actually two general types of seizures to be aware of if you have suffered a head injury:
- Grand mal. The seizure most people think of when they picture a seizure, grand mal seizures cause loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions.
- Absence. These attacks involve a brief, sudden lapse of consciousness and looks to others as if the victim is staring into space for several seconds.
Contact a Virginia Brain Injury Lawyer For Help
It is important that victims of collisions know that even mild seizures can be the consequence of a serious head trauma. This is why a seizure following an auto accident should never be ignored. While there are many possible causes of seizures, including epilepsy, fever, brain tumor, hypoglycemia, and meningitis, if you suffered a blow to the head in a car accident and subsequently experience a seizure, seek medical care immediately. If you would like to speak with an experienced car accident injury lawyer, contact Shevlin Smith for a free consultation to discuss your case. Call today at (703) 721-4233