Many, many different injuries can occur in a traffic accident and one of the most common is a traumatic brain injury, also known as a TBI. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),1 motor vehicle accidents are the third-leading cause of TBI in the United States, behind only falls and getting struck by an object. Because of the prevalence of brain injuries among auto accident victims, it is important to get examined and tested for TBI following any type of collision. The following is some brief information about this often complex injury.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A TBI occurs when the delicate brain tissue sustains damage that disrupts normal brain functioning. Such damage commonly occurs when the brain hits against the inside of your skull and the impact damages the tissue. This happens from direct head trauma or when the brain shakes inside the skull from a sharp jolt of the head or from an explosion.
Brain injuries are categorized as either mild, moderate, or severe. A common example of a mild TBI is a concussion, which often happens if a car accident victim bumps their head on the seat or the steering wheel. Victims of concussions can experience symptoms for a few days or weeks and generally make a full recovery. However, one concussion will increase the chances of subsequent concussions if you bump your head in the future.
Moderate brain injury often causes a victim to lose consciousness for a few minutes to a few hours. Once they regain consciousness, they can then have a variety of symptoms that tend to last longer that those of a mild TBI. While victims still often recover fully, it may take longer to do so.
People who sustain severe brain injuries can lose consciousness for several hours, days, or even months. Coma2 is a common result of severe TBI and, tragically, some victims never fully regain total consciousness. If they do, however, they will still have an incredibly difficult journey ahead of them toward recovery due to the many effects a severe TBI may have.
Symptoms and Long-term Effects
No two TBIs are the same as the injuries can vary significantly based on the amount and severity of damage caused, as well as where the damage occurred on the brain. Different areas of the brain are responsible for different physical, cognitive, and emotional functions and the symptoms will vary depending on where the injury took place. As mentioned before, symptoms may clear up in a matter of days or may persist permanently depending on the severity of the brain damage. The following are only some of the many symptoms and effects experienced by TBI victims:
-Significantly shortened attention span and trouble focusing
-Slower processing of information or instructions
-Disorientation or confusion
-Difficulty forming thoughts into words or processing language of others
-Slurring of speech
-Overly slow speech
-Difficulty reading or writing
-Sensory impairments with touch, temperature, vision, hearing, or smell
-Seizures or convulsions
-Lack of inhibition
-Lack of emotional control
-Aggression and irritability
-Lack of social awareness
-Balance and coordination problems
-Irregular sleep patterns
-Lack of bladder and bowel control
No matter what combination of symptoms of TBI you experience, it is likely that they will adversely affect many aspects of your life, including work and socialization.
Call an Experienced New Port Richey Auto Accident Injury Lawyer to Discuss your Case
Many people who sustain TBIs in car accidents do not realize they have the right to financial recovery from any parties that were responsible for causing the accident. However, TBI cases can often be worth a significant amount because the losses sustained can be so extensive. Whether you suffered a mild, moderate, or severe brain injury in a crash, the car accident attorneys at Dolman Law Group in Florida are here to protect your rights. We understand the complex nature of brain injuries and the wide range of effects they may have on your life. Please call us today at (727) 853-6275 to schedule a free consultation or contact us using our online form today.
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