What are the Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries after an Accident?
Traumatic brain injuries are the most devastating of all potential head traumas. Injuries to the brain can cause long-term damage and dramatically change the course of the victim’s life. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) defines a traumatic brain injury, as an injury that occurs when sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. This often occurs when the victim’s head strikes an object.
While these types of injuries occur suddenly and unexpectedly the cost of ongoing medical care which can include rehabilitative and diagnostic care can also cause major strain on both the victim and their family.
Symptoms Are Often Delayed After a Traumatic Brain Injury
The NINDS reports that the symptoms of a brain injury can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage sustained by the brain. It is crucial for a victim to seek medical care immediately following any type of head trauma. Many victims of Traumatic Brain Injuries do not show any symptoms until several weeks or months have passed after the accident occurred.
The severity of a brain injury varies from patient to patient, so it may be difficult to tell if a head injury is mild or serious without extensive testing. The sooner you get examined and treated, the better your chance of recovering.
Some of the symptoms associated with a brain jury may include deficits with the following:
- cognition (thinking, memory, and reasoning),
- sensory processing (sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell),
- communication (expression and understanding),
- behavior or mental health (depression, anxiety, personality changes, aggression, acting out, and social inappropriateness).
More serious head injuries may result in stupor, an unresponsive state, but one in which an individual can be aroused briefly by a strong stimulus, such as sharp pain; coma, a state in which an individual is totally unconscious, unresponsive, unaware.
Causes of Concussions and Similar Harm
Due to public perceptions about the injuries that athletes can regularly suffer from, while participating in sports many people believe that concussions are mild injuries that a victim quickly recovers from.
Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth, and we are learning how dangerous it is to take a blow to the head. Concussions are serious, and medical attention is always necessary. A blow to the head can cause bleeding in the brain, swelling and inflammation, all of which can cause permanent brain damage. In fact, normal people are oftentimes subject to concussions in their normal day-to-day routine.
The most common personal injury accidents associated with brain injuries include the following scenarios:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian incidents
A person with a mild TBI may remain conscious or may experience a loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes at the scene of the incident. Brain injuries are extremely dangerous for victims because very frequently the victim is unaware, they sustained a brain injury.
The Personal Injury Lawyers at Genthe Law are Here for You
An experienced Texas brain injury attorney from the Genthe Law Firm, P.C., can help you through this tough time. Dedicated to aggressively pursuing your brain injury claim, we will stand up to the insurance companies and their attorneys while seeking the compensation your case deserves.
Traumatic brain injuries are not only physically and emotionally devastating, but the financial implications can be catastrophic, as well. Contact us for sound legal advice from a Texas head injury lawyer who understands the legalities surrounding your accident and the seriousness of your injuries.