A traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a car accident can have serious short and long-term implications. While the immediate effects of a TBI following an accident can be debilitating, people should also consider the long-term impact it could have on their health and quality of life.
Without proper treatment, symptoms can worsen over time and significantly impact your health.
Symptoms of a TBI
A TBI occurs when a violent blow to the head causes the brain to hit the skull. Car accidents are one of the most common causes of a TBI, ranging from a mild concussion to death. Depending on the severity of the injury, someone with a TBI may experience the following:
- A persistent headache that may get worse
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or fatigue
- Inability to wake up
- Loss of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Difficulties with memory and concentration
It’s important to realize that not all symptoms may appear immediately. They sometimes take days or weeks, so you should always go to the emergency room if you have ever been in a car accident. And if you ever have one of these symptoms, or you’re with someone who does, it’s crucial to seek immediate medical attention.
If left untreated, you could experience bleeding and swelling of the brain, which could be fatal. Recovery could take weeks or months, and another injury to the head could increase the likelihood of significant complications.
Unfortunately, many people feel they don’t have the luxury to rest and recover because they are worried about loss of income. Therefore, if you have a traumatic brain injury caused by a car accident, it’s vital you receive compensation so you can focus on your recovery.