Most people think of car accidents as simple inconveniences. It’s nothing more than a costly fender bender that can set you back a few hundred dollars and maybe a day or two without your car.
But the consequences can be far more devastating for the unlucky individuals involved in serious accidents. If you have been injured in a car accident, seeking medical attention is vital because you may be suffering from a traumatic brain injury.
What are the symptoms of a TBI?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a type of brain damage that occurs due to a sudden external force. Common causes of TBI include falls, car accidents, and blows to the head.
Symptoms of a TBI can range from mild to severe and may appear immediately or days or weeks after the injury. Mild symptoms may include headache, dizziness, confusion, lightheadedness, and fatigue. More severe symptoms may include loss of consciousness, convulsions or seizures, dilated pupils, vomiting or nausea, slurred speech, and weakness or numbness in the extremities.
If left untreated, the long-term effects of a TBI can include problems with memory and concentration, personality changes, depression, anxiety, and an increased risk of developing dementia. TBI can also lead to physical difficulties such as problems with balance and coordination, weakness or paralysis, and chronic pain.
It is wise to seek legal advice if you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury due to a car accident. You may be able to receive financial compensation to help cover the cost of lost wages and medical expenses.