Car Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) encompass several different types of injuries to the brain that occur after a violent or traumatic experience. Unfortunately, TBIs are extremely common occurrences following car accidents. Due to the trauma and violent impact involved in many car accidents, many victims suffer from TBIs and should receive immediate medical evaluation and treatment.
Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) results after a serious blow or trauma force directly to the head area. TBIs encompass many different types of injuries including concussion, diffuse axonal injury, contusion, hematomas, or traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhages. Each one of these has different varying degrees of severity and complications. Additionally, many victims of severe car accidents suffer more than one of these types of injuries at once. Along with these types of brain injuries, many victims also suffer other severe bodily injuries as well.
Signs and Symptoms of TBI
Symptoms for a TBI will depend on the severity and nature of that specific injury. However, some of the signs and symptoms may include the following:
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory loss,
- Inability to concentrate
- Nausea or vomiting
- Emotional changes (irritability, depression, anger, frustration, etc.)
- Visual disturbances
- Sleep changes
How a TBI is Diagnosed
Medical professionals typically use the Glasgow Coma Scale for any victim of an accident that may have develops a traumatic brain injury. This scale measures and determines the victim’s ability to open their eyes, speak, and move. Depending on the score received, a medical professional will make determinations regarding medical treatment. In Many cases, Diagnostic Imaging tests are needed. Doctors may order computerized tomography scans or magnetic resonance imaging. if necessary, a doctor will also order intracranial pressure monitoring, which can make a determination if there is any swelling of the brain as a result of a traumatic brain injury.
Treatments for TBI
For those victims suffering from a traumatic brain injury that is minor, they will simply need time to heal. These victims will only need extensive rest and pain medication, as their issues will likely resolve within a few days or weeks. However, if a medical professional diagnoses a more serious chromatic brain injury, a victim may need to remain hospitalized in order to receive constant monitoring regarding brain swelling or potential bleeding in the brain. In some cases, brain surgery is required.
Let Us Help You Today
Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries can take months or years to heal. In severe cases, traumatic brain injuries can impact a victim permanently. If you or someone you love, suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of someone else’s negligence in a car accident, you should seek immediate medical assistance regarding the evaluation and treatment of your medical condition. Additionally, you have the right to pursue justice and receive compensation for your injuries or losses. In many cases, traumatic brain injury victims are unable to return to work resulting in not only large medical bills but a loss of income as well. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney at O’Donnell Law Offices at 570-821-5717 or online today. We proudly serve clients in Kingston, Wilkes Barre, Hazleton, and Pittston.