Falls and vehicle crashes are the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in the U.S.
A bump or blow to the head can result in brain damage. If you suffer TBI as a car crash victim, what are the consequences? How will TBI affect the way your brain works?
There are basically three types of TBI: severe, moderate and mild The latter is commonly known as a concussion, which might only last a few days, while more serious brain injuries may leave effects that last a lifetime. The symptoms of TBI include headaches, blurry eyesight, headaches and sensitivity to light and noise. At the time of a vehicle crash, the human body produces adrenalin, which is capable of masking pain and injury temporarily. Therefore, symptoms of a brain injury may not appear for hours or even days after the accident.
The impact from a crash can push the brain against the inside of the skull, resulting in bruising. In fact, the momentum can be different for different parts of the brain, which can tear nerve tissue. The brain will try to compensate by making new pathways through the brain cells, but for some cells the damage is permanent, and they can no longer send impulses.
Even a mild or moderate traumatic brain injury can leave you with depression or concentration issues. Severe TBI can result in a variety of impairments related to thinking, memory, vision, hearing or movement and require a lifetime of care including an ongoing rehabilitation program. If you suffer TBI as the victim of a vehicle crash, you have the right to expect compensation to cover your current and future medical expenses, lost wages and more.