Automobile accidents account for a significant proportion of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).

A traumatic brain injury can range from a mild concussion to serious, permanent brain damage, and can often be difficult to diagnose immediately after an incident. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that may have resulted in a head injury, you should be aware of brain injury symptom and seek medical attention right away. Even injuries that seem minor can be very serious.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: What is It?

Concussion is a generalized term for the most common form of mild traumatic brain injury, incurred after a blow to the head. All concussions and closed head injuries are dangerous and should be examined by a doctor. The most obvious symptoms of concussion might not be immediately apparent; some signs can take up to a few days to be noticeable. First, most victims of concussion will be confused and dizzy, perhaps have a headache or nausea, and occasionally suffer a brief loss of consciousness. Next, they may start to show changes in personality or lapses in memory or concentration, sensitivity to light or smells, or difficulty sleeping. All of these can indicate a mild to severe concussion, and should be assessed by a medical professional.

Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: What is It?

Severe traumatic brain injury is an extremely serious medical issue that can have permanent damage. Symptoms can appear after weeks or months, and can affect portions of the brain that control mood, emotions, sensations, sight, and cognitive function. In addition, this type of trauma can result in bleeding in the brain (hematoma), amnesia, and coma.

Victims of a severe traumatic brain injury may suffer from profound memory loss or confusion, slurred speech, or impaired balance. Further, they may experience disrupted vision, mood swings, uncharacteristic behaviour, aggression, and depression. Finally, victims may notice persistent headaches, vomiting, seizures, numbness, loss of appetite, or extreme drowsiness. A long period (more than a few minutes) of unconsciousness is a sign of severe traumatic brain injury.

If you suspect a traumatic brain injury, seek medical attention immediately.

What Causes It?

In a motor vehicle collision, the body can suffer violent trauma, and the brain is particularly vulnerable. Aggressive twisting or jerking of the neck, direct impact with an immovable object (like a dashboard), or even penetration by a foreign object can cause head trauma. Inside the skull, the brain bounces around and protective fluids might not provide sufficient cushioning. Trauma can lead to bruising, bleeding or tearing of brain tissue. As with any tissue damage, the body responds by pushing blood to the injured area, which can cause swelling; however, inside the skull, there is no room to expand, and this bleeding and swelling can ultimately prevent a sufficient flow of a lack of oxygen to the brain.

What Is The Prognosis?

Most concussions and mild brain injuries sustained in car accidents heal in a timely fashion. With proper medical attention, victims can return to normal after a period of rest that allows the brain to recover. However, if left untreated, any traumatic brain injury (even a concussion) can lead to lasting brain damage.

Permanent changes to a victim’s personality and cognitive function can affect his or her ability to concentrate, to work, to care for others, or to perform daily tasks. Also, depression, and suicidal thoughts are very real threats to those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Finally, physical symptoms like recurrent headaches, seizures, or balance issues are also potential damages.

Brain injuries can change the lives of victims and their loved ones, compounding physical pain with unfair financial and emotional stress. At Recovery Law, we understand that brain injuries cause overwhelming strain, and we want to help.

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If you or someone you love is dealing with the repercussions of a traumatic brain injury caused by an accident, contact us. We can determine the best course of action to get you fair compensation.