If you’ve been in a car accident, there’s a chance you may have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs are serious injuries that can cause long-term damage, so it’s essential to know the signs and symptoms and get treatment as soon as possible.
What symptoms should you look for, and what should you do if you think you have a TBI?
What is a traumatic brain injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a type of damage to the brain that occurs after an external force causes the brain to collide with an object, disrupting the brain’s normal functioning. It can occur from a blow to the head, a penetrating injury to the head or an object penetrating the skull and entering the brain tissue.
Mild symptoms may include a brief loss of consciousness, confusion or headache. More severe symptoms may include persistent headaches, seizures, vomiting, increased confusion or agitation, slurred speech and a loss of coordination.
TBI can lead to long-term problems with cognition, memory, and executive functioning, as well as physical problems. In extreme cases, it can lead to coma or even death. Approximately 176 people in the United States die daily due to a TBI.
If you are in a car accident, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention. Even if you do not feel like you have been seriously injured, the symptoms of a TBI may not be immediately apparent.
If a car accident did cause a TBI, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries to cover medical expenses, lost wages and more. Find out more about your legal options.