In the last few years, a lot of research and news reports have focused on the dangers of concussions in youth sports participation, specifically football. However, concussions are only one type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), and car accidents remain the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries—resulting in 50-70% of TBIs.
Most traumatic brain injuries suffered in a car crash are closed-head injuries, where damage to the brain occurs when a person’s head whips back and forth or side to side in a violent manner. Traumatic brain injuries can be more mild or more severe.
Symptoms of TBI
If you have any loss of consciousness, fatigue, headaches, dizziness or balance problems, vomiting, confusion or body numbness or tingling after an accident, you should seek medical care immediately. These are all symptoms of a traumatic brain injury and they also always don’t occur right after your car accident.
Seeking medical care immediately gives you the best chance to not only recover, but recover more quickly if your TBI is less severe. Following your treatment plan is also key so that you get the rest you need as you gradually heal.
Severe TBI and long-lasting treatment and disabilities
Severe traumatic brain injuries can lead to internal bleeding, increase the risk of stroke and cause serious disabilities that hinder someone’s ability to work and live independently. Those who have had significant brain injuries will require rehabilitation and may need to relearn basic skills, such as walking and talking.
Also, your ability to recover from any brain injury isn’t always predictable. You may be out of work longer than expected or you may have permanent disabilities that hinder your ability to work.
Coverage for medical costs
Even if you partially were at fault for the crash and sustained a traumatic brain injury, consult a personal injury attorney before agreeing to any settlement. Both the insurance company for the other driver involved and your own want to pay as little as possible. However, you may be entitled to a larger settlement based on the severity of your TBI and your lost wages during a long recovery.