A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the more serious kinds of injuries that you can sustain in a motor vehicle collision. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TBIs are responsible for approximately 30 percent of all injury deaths.
Individuals who survive a TBI can end up with lifelong symptoms that permanently alter certain aspects of their personality. Every brain injury is different, as is every individual who sustains one, but with certain kinds of regular therapy, many people suffering from TBIs go on to lead fulfilling lives.
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Pursuing adequate treatment for a brain injury can be costly, though, and depending on its extent, the symptoms can keep the victim out of work temporarily or even permanently. If you or someone you love sustained a TBI in a motor vehicle collision and you are struggling to make ends meet as a result, contact Laborde Earles Law Firm.
An accident lawyer from our firm will help you navigate the claims process and avoid making costly mistakes. Call 800-522-6733 to schedule a free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney in Alexandria.
What Are the Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury Following a Motor Vehicle Collision?
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, there are two kinds of traumatic brain injuries, and either can occur in the event of a motor vehicle collision. An open head injury, or penetrating injury, is one that occurs when something actually pierces the head and enters the brain. Although rare in car accident cases, penetrating injuries can happen under certain circumstances.
Closed head injuries are more common in collisions. These are TBIs that develop as the result of a blow to the head. A concussion is an example of a mild closed head injury. More serious closed head injuries can result in lifelong debilitations.
TBIs cause two kinds of damage to the brain: primary brain damage, which occurs at the point of impact, and secondary brain damage, which develops over time as the result of the initial trauma. Two examples of primary brain damage are bleeding and skull fractures. Secondary brain damage, on the other hand, might include brain swelling and seizures.
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Because there are so many factors that can affect the extent of the injury, there is no standard list of signs and symptoms that all TBI victims will exhibit; however, there are some symptoms that many individuals will experience after suffering a blow to the head and developing a subsequent brain injury. These include:
- Loss of consciousness;
- Memory loss;
- Impaired cognitive functioning;
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Poor coordination;
- Sensory deficits;
- Stress and anxiety;
- Dramatic mood swings;
- Slurred speech; and
- Difficulty swallowing.
If you or a member of your family sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car crash that was not your fault, contact Laborde Earles Law Firm. We have helped clients recover more than $200 million in cash settlements and verdicts in personal injury cases. Call 800-522-6733 to schedule a free consultation with an accident lawyer in Alexandria.