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Traumatic brain injuries may result in long-lasting impacts

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2024 | Personal Injury

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) caused by motor vehicle crashes are a significant health concern due to their potential for long-term cognitive, physical and emotional consequences. These injuries occur when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain, which can happen during a car accident when the head forcefully hits an object or when the brain is jolted within the skull due to a collision.

The severity of TBIs can range from mild, often referred to as concussions, to severe, which can result in prolonged periods of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury.

Common signs of traumatic brain injuries

Recognizing the signs of a TBI early can significantly affect the outcome for the injured individual. It is crucial to note that the symptoms of a TBI might be delayed, emerging days or even weeks after the accident. This delay can complicate diagnosis and treatment, underscoring the importance of monitoring for symptoms following a collision.

Symptoms to watch for include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Memory problems or confusion
  • Persistent headache or headache that worsens
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Coordination problems or dizziness
  • Sensory issues, such as blurred vision or ringing in the ears

Given these varied symptoms, individuals involved in motor vehicle crashes should seek medical attention if they suspect a TBI, even if symptoms appear mild or delayed.

Impact on individuals’ lives

The impact of TBIs on an individual’s life can be profound and long-lasting. Beyond the immediate physical health issues, TBIs can result in significant cognitive impairments, affecting memory, attention and executive functions. These cognitive challenges can hinder an individual’s ability to return to work or school, impacting their professional and academic aspirations.

Victims of TBIs often require costly medical care and extensive therapy. Seeking compensation from a negligent driver – or another negligent at-fault party – for these costs is possible in many cases. Time is limited under Texas law, so swift action is critical.