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What you should know about traumatic brain injury

If you have experienced a car crash, traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is just one of the possible injuries. While car accidents occupy a leading position among the causes of TBI, this type of injury may not get a diagnosis right away. It is important to remain informed about the symptoms and potential consequences of this condition so you can get the right help.

TBI happens as a result of an impact to the brain. This can occur when the head slams against a hard surface or object or when a person traveling at high speed comes to an abrupt halt. Either or both of these conditions often happen during a collision, making TBI one of the more common results. The harder the impact, the higher the likelihood of serious damage.

Severe TBI

Doctors divide TBI into two categories: severe and mild. First responders are more likely to notice signs of severe TBI, which is heralded by prolonged loss of consciousness and very noticeable impairment later on. Some sufferers of severe TBI need intense therapy to regain even partial function when it comes to language, cognition or movement. Others, tragically, remain in a comatose state.

Mild TBI

Mild TBI can be harder to identify, especially in the beginning. Loss of consciousness can last very briefly, and both the patient and treating medical providers may mistake TBI symptoms for signs of shock or other types of injuries. Mild TBI symptoms include a wide range such as headaches, nausea, fatigue, irritability, mood swings, memory lapses, vertigo and more. Many people would not take any of these symptoms very seriously on their own. However, if you notice these changes after your accident, TBI is a real possibility.

Getting help

While doctors cannot cure TBI, the right treatment can go a long way towards bettering your quality of life. An experienced attorney can help you get help for your TBI symptoms and other injuries, as well as compensation for lost earnings and other types of damages.

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