Brain Trauma Caused by a Car Accident
More than 5 million people in the United States are living with traumatic brain injury-related disabilities, and motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes. While some crash-related TBIs are caused when the head strikes a hard object (steering wheel, window, dash), others are caused when the ferocity of the impact causes the brain to slam into its cranial casing.
Recognizing the Symptoms of TBI
A TBI, whether from penetrating head wound or a violent blow, can cause severe injury but the symptoms may not present immediately. When the injury to the mild, you may pass out for a few minutes and/or experience-
- Confusion or disorientation
- Nausea and vomiting
- Drowsiness and fatigue
- Blurred vision
- Odd taste in mouth
You, or those around you, may also notice cognitive changes such as memory issues, problems concentration and even changes in your mood and outlook.
If you have suffered severe injury, you may be unconscious for an extended period of time and wake to a throbbing heading that may get worse. You may become very nauseous or have to vomit, and you may notice that your fingers and toes are numb or tingling. It could be difficult to stand and walk, your speech may be slurred, and you may notice fluid draining from your nose or ears. Those around you may notice that both pupils are dilated or that one is bigger than the other. Left untreated, a severe TBI could cause you to slip into a coma.
The long-term effects of a severe TBI may have a profound impact on your life and those around you. Those who survive these types of injuries may have to undergo long-term functional rehabilitation before they can live independently again, while others may never return to their normal levels of functioning.
The chances of suffering a traumatic brain injury in a car accident are relatively high, which is why it is important to see a physician as soon as possible. The earlier you receive treatment for any type of brain injury, the better your chances of recovery.
How We Can Help
Even a mild brain injury can affect your ability to work and perform your normal daily activities. You may incur medical expenses and other costs related to your injury, or in the case of severe injury, you may not be able to return to work and may require long-term care. However, if your accident was caused by the negligence of someone else, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries and recover injury related expenses.
For more than 20 years, we have helped people all across the country understand their legal options and fight for their legal rights, including maximum compensation for their injuries. Contact us today to learn more.