Any substantial personal injury to the head may cause a traumatic brain injury. In the case of auto accidents, head injuries usually occur when a passenger’s head strikes the windshield or dashboard, resulting in either immediately evident primary brain damage or secondary brain damage that worsens over time. Here are important answers to frequently asked questions about traumatic brain injuries:
What Qualifies as a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injuries may have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects. The medical definition of a traumatic brain injury is any blow to the head that results in the symptoms of damage to the brain either immediately or after a significant period of time. Always see a doctor if you have recently received any blow to the head or body that causes changes in behavior, sleep patterns, or your general wellbeing.
What Are the Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The signs and symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury may include a state of being dazed, confused, or disoriented, memory or concentration problems, dizziness, nausea, mood swings, general depression or anxiety, and excessive fatigue. Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries may include any of the signs and symptoms of mild injury as well as loss of consciousness for several minutes or hours, profound confusion, combativeness, slurred speech, loss of coordination, and weakness or numbness in the fingers. Some victims also suffer from severe headaches, repeated vomiting, and convulsions or seizures.
What Are the Long-Term Effects of Brain Injuries?
Unfortunately, many patients who suffer traumatic brain injuries in car accidents face permanent disability, unemployment, and even poverty. Some victims may eligible to receive Social Security disability payments to pay for living expenses and medical bills due to lost wages, but this is often not enough.
If you have been involved in an auto accident caused by driver negligence, vehicle malfunction, or a road hazard, contact a personal injury attorney who is qualified to represent your legal interests.
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