When you are in a vehicle accident, one of the most devastating injuries you can sustain is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI is one of the leading causes of disability or death in the U.S., and if you experience a TBI, the effect may last days, weeks or months, or it could even last for the rest of your life.
In a split second, you may suffer a brain injury that changes your life, possibly forever. You don’t actually have to experience a blow to the head to end up with a traumatic brain injury. When your body is jolted, your brain can slam against your skull resulting in damage to the brain.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury is an injury to the brain caused by an abrupt trauma. A sudden violent blow or jolt occurs and causes brain damage. It can be mild, moderate or severe, and the severity of the injury determines the long-term prognosis for recovery. Minor injuries cause only short-term symptoms, but severe injuries are devastating and change the course of a person’s life forever.
A person’s brain is central to who they are and how they function on a day-to-day basis. While an injury to your back or limbs can be life-changing and painful, a brain injury can change every aspect of your life, including who you are as a person. It can impact everything from your personality to your mental abilities and your ability to effectively use the rest of your body.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013 there were approximately 2.8 million visits to hospital emergency departments, including hospital admissions and reported deaths from TBI-related injuries. Other statistics relating to traumatic brain injuries include:
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are two main categories of head injuries that can lead to a traumatic injury of the brain. These include:
Closed head injuries are divided into several other categories including:
There can be other types of injury to the brain that are not immediately visible or apparent. Contusions are bruising of the brain, while a hemorrhage is uncontrolled bleeding in the brain or in the space between the brain and the skull. A hematoma is the clotting of blood outside the blood vessels.
Signs and Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
If you have experienced a trauma to your brain in a vehicle accident, symptoms may set in right away or may take days or weeks to appear. If you have had a mild traumatic brain injury, some of the symptoms you may experience include:
If your brain injury is moderate to severe, you may experience any of the above symptoms along with some of the following:
If you experience any of these symptoms either immediately after an auto accident, or days or weeks later, call a doctor right away to have your symptoms evaluated.
Long-term Complications of Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury is a very serious injury that needs to be treated as soon as possible after it occurs. Long-term complications that could happen include:
Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Treatment of a TBI will depend on the severity of the injury. Mild brain injuries are usually treated with rest and over-the-counter pain medication. It’s important to watch for signs that the brain injury could be worse than indicated at first.
Moderate to severe injuries may require many different types of treatment such as:
Getting Legal Advice
The long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury can be devastating. If a TBI has happened to you or to a loved one because of the negligence of another driver in a Texas car accident, talk to an expert in the field of personal injury law to find out what you need to know about obtaining compensation.
Contact Patterson Law Group by filling out the form on this page. One of our lawyers will get back to you to discuss what has happened and what can be done.