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Dealing with traumatic brain injury after a crash

Car accidents often result in a variety of serious injury. Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is one such injury that merits special discussion.

TBI typically happens as the result of a strong impact to the head - a feature of most car wrecks. The damage can range from mild to severe, although the course of the injury may not always follow a predictable path. TBI can affect functioning in all other areas of the body as well, depending on the function of the part of the brain that sustained damage.

At the accident scene

Initial symptoms of TBI often include loss of consciousness and/or amnesia. In cases of mild TBI, the periods of unconsciousness and memory loss can be quite brief; many people do not realize this even happened. When severe TBI is involved, these symptoms last at least half an hour. Thus, first responders are more likely to be alert to the possibility of TBI and act accordingly.

Severe TBI

Other TBI symptoms may take from hours to weeks to show up. Severe TBI symptoms may include coma, loss of function in some or all limbs, serious cognitive, and speech or memory impairment. These symptoms are hard to miss but can manifest hours and even days after the accident. Severe TBI may result in fatality or permanent disability.

Watch for symptoms of mild and moderate TBI

Mild to moderate TBI symptoms typically present in less dramatic fashion, and many people at first mistake them for minor, unrelated illnesses. Common symptoms include nausea, fatigue, distraction, mild speech impairment, memory impairment, headaches, irritability and mood swings and may take as long as several weeks to manifest. If you go to the emergency room straight from the accident scene, you are not likely to get a diagnosis of mild or moderate TBI. In the following weeks, watch out for the above symptoms as well as any other changes in your physical and mental health. Seeking medical attention promptly can get you on the way to receiving a diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Seeking assistance

Even mild TBI can have a deleterious effect on your ability to earn money and enjoy life. An experienced lawyer in your area can give you more information based on your specific facts and take steps to help you obtain fair compensation under the law.

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