A person who is involved in a motor vehicle accident can end up with a host of injuries. One of these is a traumatic brain injury, which is a condition that requires urgent medical care. The severity of the TBI, the location and the type of damage that’s done can all impact how your life will change after the crash.
Working closely with your doctor can help you to determine what treatments, limitations and abilities you have after the injury. As you go through the diagnostic process and treatment, be sure to keep records of what’s going on. These, along with your medical records, might be helpful if you opt to seek compensation.
Not all TBIs result in life-altering permanent brain damage
TBIs range in severity. Some, such as concussions, are considered mild and unlikely to result in permanent brain damage that impacts the person’s ability to live a life similar to the one they had prior to the injury. Others do more severe damage to the brain and do lead to life-altering effects.
TBIs might not be immediately noticed
While some people might notice the brain injury right away, others might not know that anything is amiss until hours or even days later. Some of the immediate symptoms that signal a TBI include loss of consciousness, or an obvious bruise or mark on the head. In some instances, the victim won’t know that they have an injury until the brain begins to swell or a slow blood leak leads to pressure on the brain. Symptoms like dizziness, headaches, memory issues, irritability, seizures and confusion are some that can signal a TBI.
Treatment depends on the injury and circumstances
A person who suffers a TBI will receive a treatment plan from their doctor. The doctor will set the plan based on what type of injury you suffer and what effects you are dealing with. Serious injuries can lead to time in intensive care. Many will require various types of therapy, including physical and occupational. Less serious injuries may mean that the victim only needs to rest to allow the brain to heal.
Victims of a brain injury may need considerable medical care right away and well into the future. These individuals may not be able to return to work quickly. In severe cases, they may never be able to go back to earning a living. Seeking compensation for the damages related to the wreck might help the person to reduce their financial struggle that stems from the TBI.