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Important considerations: TBIs

On Behalf of | Mar 26, 2024 | Personal Injury

Many different injuries can occur when a person is involved in a car crash. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the more serious that might develop. These injuries can lead to significant immediate and long-term effects that may completely change the course of a person’s life.

People who are dealing with a TBI because of a car wreck often find greater resilience once they understand what’s going on and what the future may hold.

Symptoms of a TBI

TBIs caused by car crashes can range from mild concussions to severe brain damage. The initial symptoms can vary and often depend on the severity of the injury.

Common signs include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Mood changes
  • Confusion
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Memory challenges

Recognizing these symptoms early is crucial, as timely medical intervention can significantly impact recovery outcomes. One issue that sometimes occurs is that the symptoms may not be present right away. In some cases, it can take days or weeks for a person to notice signs that they have a TBI.

Long-term effects

The long-term effects of a TBI from a car crash can extend far beyond the initial weeks or months following the incident. Some individuals may face ongoing challenges such as persistent cognitive deficits, including problems with memory, executive functioning and problem-solving. Physical symptoms like headaches and dizziness can become chronic, and emotional or behavioral changes can persist, affecting relationships and quality of life.

In more severe cases, a TBI can increase the risk of developing neurological conditions such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Rehabilitation and ongoing support play critical roles in managing these long-term effects, aiming to improve the individual’s independence and quality of life.

Some victims of TBIs may opt to pursue a compensation claim to help cover the costs associated with a crash caused by another’s negligence. There are time limits built into state law, so getting started quickly and working with a legal representative is often beneficial to enhance the likelihood that a comprehensive claim will be filed on time.