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What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?traumatic brain injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result when a person suffers a blow to the head, a penetrating head injury, or a jarring movement, all of which are possible in an auto accident. Every head injury does not automatically lead to a brain injury, but if the impact negatively affects the brain’s normal function, a brain injury is often the diagnosis.

The Different Categories of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries vary in intensity and typically fall into three categories:

  • Severe Brain Injuries: A crushing blow that penetrates the skull and brain, a severe brain injury is life-threatening. It is likely that the victim of an open head injury will find their life altered forever and their abilities challenged significantly.
  • Moderate Brain Injuries: A moderate head injury involves a loss of consciousness, sometimes for hours. The physical, behavioral, and cognitive complications of this injury are often permanent but, at the very least, can last for months and require therapy to overcome.
  • Mild Brain Injuries: A mild brain injury, often called a concussion, may or may not include the loss of consciousness. If a blackout occurs, it is only for seconds or minutes. Medical tests may not accurately diagnose a mild brain injury so, if a TBI is suspected, it is necessary for doctors to observe and test a person’s mental and physical functions to make a confident diagnosis.

Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury After an Auto Accident

While severe and moderate head injuries are quite obvious, a mild brain injury can easily be overlooked, especially if there are other bodily injuries from an auto accident that demand immediate attention. Negligence or delay in the diagnosis of a traumatic brain injury, however, can negatively impact relationships, career, and the ability to function independently.

If a TBI was not diagnosed after your auto accident or an accident involving a loved, there are typical brain injury symptoms to watch for, including:

  • amnesia
  • easily distracted and unable to concentrate
  • nausea or vomiting
  • dizziness
  • headaches
  • impulsiveness
  • problems with short-term memory
  • slow to process information
  • ringing in the ears
  • difficulty finishing a task
  • unmotivated
  • lack of self-control
  • visual impairment
  • changes in taste and smell
  • difficulty with problem-solving
  • changes in sleep patterns
  • inability to find the right words

Not all brain injuries present the same way – symptoms vary widely from one person to another. Behavior that is erratic, confusing, irrational, moody, or otherwise inexplicable after an auto accident could indicate that a traumatic brain injury was suffered. A misdiagnosis of a TBI can change the life of the sufferer forever and impact the livelihood and happiness of their loved ones.

Lasting Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury

The recovery from a brain injury, even the mildest of injuries, can be lengthy, trying, and exhausting for a victim and loved ones. There may never be a full recovery, and the lasting effects of this injury from an auto accident could reverberate forever.

  • Physical Disabilities After a Head Injury: Balance and coordination can be affected, fatigue and weakness may be experienced, and some victims suffer seizures.
  • Cognitive Effects of a Brain Injury: Cognitive side effects of a TBI are common and troublesome because they are not always easy to recognize and can be mistaken for other problems, such as mood disorders or attention deficit disorders. Emotional and behavioral issues can present differently, depending on which part of the brain was damaged. Everything from risky behavior to depression, apathy to anxiety, and anger to impulsiveness can result from a TBI.
  • Neurological Deficits After a TBI: The way the nervous system responds can be impacted by a TBI and lead to side effects such as paralysis, weakness, loss of sensation, numbness, loss of coordination, and poor fine motor skills.

If You Have Suffered a Brain Injury in an Auto Accident

Recovery from a TBI is not predictable. Setbacks should be expected. There are likely to be difficulties in regulating moods, which is an especially brutal side-effect for the sufferer,who is unable to explain inappropriate reactions. A TBI is life-altering. It may be difficult to do your job, care for your family, maintain a relationship, socialize, or manage the responsibilities you have as an adult. The costs of therapy and recovery, whether temporary or long-term, will add up quickly. Life as you know it can be changed forever.

If you have been injured in an auto accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result, and if your brain injury was misdiagnosed, contact Thurswell Law for a free consultation. We have extensive experience in proving brain injury cases, and understand the frustrations and challenges you are dealing with because of your injury. Our knowledgeable brain injury attorneys will give you the best chance to receive full compensation for your suffering. There are no fees unless you collect. Call us at (248) 354-2222 to schedule your free consultation.

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