Of all the types of injuries people suffer in accidents, traumatic brain injuries may be the most difficult to diagnose and treat. This may be especially so if they are not spotted right away.
Unfortunately, some symptoms of traumatic brain injury may not show up until days or weeks after an accident. By this time, the damage may be permanent, because brain tissue does not heal as well as other parts of the body.
Symptoms to watch for
Typically, traumatic brain injury results from a violent blow to the head, such as one might suffer in a fall or a car accident. In mild cases, the damage to the brain cells is temporary, although the injured may experience long-term symptoms. In moderate to severe cases, such as those that cause bleeding inside the brain, the damage may be permanent.
Even in mild cases, the injured may experience nausea, headaches, dizziness, speech problems, sensitivity to light and other symptoms soon after the accident. They may go through mood swings and have trouble sleeping.
In more serious cases, the injured may lose consciousness, or even slip into a coma. These injured people often have extended, repeated periods of nausea and vomiting and other physical symptoms.
In addition to physical symptoms, those who have suffered traumatic brain injury often experience cognitive problems and psychological symptoms. These can be more difficult to detect.
Those who have been injured due to the negligence of another party may be able to recover compensation for their damages through a personal injury lawsuit. The difficulty of detecting and treating traumatic brain injury can make it hard to calculate the damages, but make no mistake: These damages are very real. A traumatic brain injury can turn a person’s whole life upside-down, and can pose enormous problems for their families. It is crucial that the injured recover the compensation they need and deserve.