Even a so called “minor” car wreck can cause a person’s head (which weighs about the same as a bowling ball) to be severely whipped backwards and then forward. This can injure the brain because it rapidly moves inside the skull in one direction and then abruptly jerks in the other direction causing a schism effect on the delicate tissues of the brain. Tiny electrodes and blood vessels can be injured and disrupted. However, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to detect these microscopic injuries with a CT scan or even an MRI of the brain.
Nonetheless, the victim may have headaches, dizziness, nausea, loss of memory, and other post traumatic symptoms which indicate a concussion has occurred. Robert T. Rice and Joshua Robert Rice of the Law Offices of Rice and Rice are experienced in these types of cases.