Traumatic Brain Injury Following A Car Accident
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can happen as a result of a sudden trauma that causes damage to a person’s brain. This kind of trauma can occur as a result of playing some sports, but also as a result of a car accident. Not everyone who suffers a TBI after a car accident recognizes that they have suffered such a serious injury. Some people might not experience immediate symptoms, and if they are not unconscious following the accident or do not have an open head wound, they can go home with a dangerous condition remaining untreated.
Some of the symptoms of TBI include nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, a headache that does not go away for several days, confusion, forgetfulness, dizziness, and tiredness. If you or a loved one was in a car accident and starts exhibiting these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to avoid permanent damage. The longer the condition goes untreated, the more likely it becomes that there will be permanent damage. TBIs are also a leading cause of death in the United States, with some groups being more at risk for injury than others.
Assessment of TBIs may include observation as well as medical testing such as CT Scans, MRIs, and X-rays. A person with TBI can receive a variety of treatment options depending on how severe their condition is found to be after a diagnostic consultation with a doctor. For a mild case, treatment may consist of trying to get the patient’s blood pressure low and ensuring the proper amount of oxygen reaches the brain. For more serious cases, where the patient has already suffered some brain damage, rehabilitation may be needed that includes various forms of therapy, for example speech and physical therapy. A person suffering from a TBI may also require psychiatric or psychological treatment as they may suffer from depression, anxiety, and other conditions.
A person who suffers a severe TBI can be permanently injured and be unable to return to work. The damages or compensation the person may receive would have to account for the loss of future wages, in addition to providing for future medical costs. It is important to consider the impact of the future costs when negotiating a settlement with an insurance company. While TBIs can affect the way damages are assessed or calculated in a personal injury lawsuit, the injury does not affect the way the rest of the lawsuit is handled. The injured person still has to prove negligence on the part of the defendant if suing based on a negligence theory.
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If you were involved in a car accident as a result of another driver’s negligent driving, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. You may not always know the kind of injuries you have without a proper medical examination. For more information on how you can seek compensation for injuries sustained after a car accident, contact the experienced Jacksonville, Florida and Brunswick, Georgia personal injury attorneys at Gillette Law, P.A. We are eager to assist you with your case.