Traumatic Brain Injury Following an Accident
Traumatic brain injuries, often called TBIs, can occur even in relatively minor accidents and can have life-altering effects. A brain injury is often the result of a violent blow to the head or a jolt to the head or body. If you’ve suffered a concussion, whiplash, or any loss of consciousness, you may have a brain injury. The extent of your damage will vary depending on the type of injury and the force of impact.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
While there are any number of things that can cause a TBI, some of the most common causes include:
- Automobile accidents
- Being the victim of a violent crime
- Bicycle accidents
- Chemical exposure
- Oxygen deprivation
- Penetration of the brain by an object
- Sports related injuries
Following an injury, some signs or symptoms of a TBI may appear immediately, while others may take days or weeks to appear.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
The symptoms of even a mild TBI may include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Problems with speech
- Changes in thinking ability
- Memory loss
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- A bad taste in the mouth
- Changes in ability to smell
More serious symptoms may include dilation of the pupils, fluid drainage from the nose or ears, or even death. Symptoms may last for a few weeks up to a few months after a TBI, and some symptoms can be permanent.
If you experience any of these symptoms following an accident, you should see a medical doctor to determine if you have suffered a TBI. A thorough evaluation will likely include an examination by a neurologist, having an MRI, and possibly a neuropsychological evaluation, which is a test of how well a person’s brain is functioning.
Suffering a traumatic brain injury can be life-changing not only for the victim of the injury, but also his or her family. Brain injuries can limit your ability to work or the type of work you can perform and can also limit your ability to enjoy other activities of life that you enjoyed prior to the accident. While money can’t always make your injuries go away, getting the maximum compensation for your injuries can help to ensure you get the best medical treatment and live the best quality of life possible.
Contact an Experienced Brain Injury Attorney
At Rusty Messer & Associates we have handled cases involving TBIs and have seen the effects that these types of injuries can have on people. We will take the time to understand your situation and will represent you with compassion and commitment with a goal of getting you the maximum compensation for your injuries. Call us today at (225) 963-9638 or click here for a free consultation if you’ve experienced a brain injury of have questions about any type of personal injury case.
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If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident that was caused by the careless, reckless, or negligent actions of another person or entity, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an attorney at Rusty Messer & Associates today at (225) 963-9368 to schedule a free consultation.
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