How Can I Handle a Traumatic Brain Injury from a Car Accident?
December 29, 2021
An unfortunate result of being involved in a car accident is receiving a traumatic brain injury (TBI). There are many types of TBIs. The symptoms and course can vary significantly, even from person to person. The good news is that there are treatment options available for anyone who has suffered a TBI, regardless of whether it is mild or severe in nature. Because these are life-shattering injuries, hiring the right lawyer to represent you is extremely important. An experienced head and brain injury lawyer will understand the nuances of the symptoms one can suffer with fa brain injury and will be able to win you the fair and full compensation you deserve and need going into the future.
What Is a TBI?
A TBI refers to injuries to the head and brain in general. Some of these wounds and symptoms can be transitory in nature, gradually fading over time as the injured person recovers to normal or near-normal. However, some TBI injuries and symptoms can be lifelong companions for the patient, forcing them to adapt to severe symptoms and a drastically altered lifestyle.
Most frequently, a TBI is the result of a significant head impact or a violent shaking or blow to the body. Damage to the brain cells and tissue can also be caused by something piercing the skull and going into the brain, such as a bullet or any other object. A concussion is a mild TBI that does not usually lead to significant symptoms or, at the very least, symptoms that are less serious or life changing. This is where physical damage to the brain tissue, such as bruising, bleeding, swelling of the brain, and torn or damaged brain tissue, can occur with serious TBIs.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
The symptoms of a TBI may differ somewhat based on the circumstances in which the injury occurred, the severity of the blow to the head, whether brain tissue was damaged, and other variables. Mild TBI has a variety of symptoms, some of which are identical to those experienced by people who have had severe or serious TBIs. These symptoms can also appear immediately after the accident or develop gradually over time, even days or weeks later.
Mild TBI symptoms. Mild traumatic injury to the brain can manifest the following symptoms:
- Passing out, losing consciousness
- Throwing up or feeling sick to your stomach, nausea
- Sleepy, having no energy, listless
- Dazed and/or confused
- Unclear speech, slurring speech, unable to speak
- Falling over, balance issues, dizzy
- Tinnitus or ringing in the ears
- Vision issues
- Changes to or an inability to taste or smell
- Loss of memory
- Changes in your mood or anxiety/depression
- Unable to sleep or sleeping in excess
Severe TBI symptoms. Symptoms of a severe or even moderate TBI include all the symptoms in the mild category, with the exception that those symptoms may be more apparent or longer lasting. A severe TBI can also include the following problems not seen in mild TBI cases:
- Loss of consciousness for a long time, including multiple minutes to hours
- Convulsions or seizures
- Pupil dilation
- If sleeping, an inability to awake the injured person
- Weakness in the limbs
- Fluid other than blood coming from the nose or ears; clear fluid that surrounds the brain
- Lack of coordination with arm movements and/or walking
Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at Nerenberg Law Associates, P.C. Successfully Represent Clients Involved in Car Accidents
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident, the best course of action is to hire a skilled and experienced lawyer. The Philadelphia car accident lawyers at Nerenberg Law Associates, P.C. have been fighting for the rights of their clients for decades. Our team will help you understand your rights and help you secure the compensation for which you are entitled. Call us today at 215-569-9100 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.