Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain and disrupts brain function. In the U.S., approximately 1.7 million people sustain a TBI each year, with 52,000 of those resulting in fatalities.
Brain trauma associated with an automobile accident can occur in one of three ways:
- When the head suddenly and violently hits an object like a steering wheel or the dashboard.
- When an object, such as jagged metal or broken glass, pierces the skull and damages brain tissue.
- When the victim suffers sufficient trauma to cause the brain to collide into the interior of the cranium to produce concussion or hemorrhage.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
Persons with mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injury often exhibit the same symptoms, although there are some indications that are unique to each of the increasing grades of injury. Someone with mild TBI may experience a loss of consciousness and remain unconscious for a few seconds or minutes. Following the injury, they may have memory loss, mood swings, word recall problems, difficulty with focus and concentration, and problems handling work and routine activities. The symptoms of moderate TBI are similar, but usually more serious and longer lasting. Some common symptoms of both include:
- Blurred vision.
- Fatigue & sleep irregularity.
- Behavioral or mood changes.
Anyone with signs of TBI should seek medical care immediately. Because little can be done to reverse the initial brain damage caused by trauma, the focus of medical personnel is usually on stabilizing the victim to prevent further injury. Disabilities resulting from a TBI depend upon the severity and location of the injury, and the age and general health of the victim.
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Did you or someone you love suffer a traumatic brain injury resulting from an automobile accident? The experienced personal injury lawyers at Nagle & Associates, P.A. offer skilled and compassionate representation to TBI accident victims. Please contact our firm online or call (800) 411-1583 to speak with Mr. Nagle about your circumstances and your legal options.