Each year in the United States, an estimated 2.8 million people experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI), including many whose conditions were caused by car accidents. Of those, approximately 50,000 do not survive their injuries, and another 280,000 are hospitalized and ultimately released. The rest are treated in emergency rooms and then released home to heal. What makes the difference between these three groups of people? Sometimes, it is the severity of the injury itself, but being able to recognize the early signs and symptoms can also be crucial for both the short- and long-term prognosis of a victim.

Early Detection is Crucial

In situations involving a severe brain injury, time can mean the difference between life and death. However, even in cases of mild or moderate TBI, early detection can be important. It ensures that the victim does not do things they should avoid, such as tasks that involve concentration and activities that can result in a secondary injury. Early detection can also ensure that victims receive proper treatment.

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

Although a traumatic brain injury can be caused by any jolt, blow, or sudden and violent movement of the head, traffic accidents and falls are the most common causes. In addition, traffic accidents are among the leading causes of TBI-related death. As such, all car, truckbicycle, and pedestrian accident victims should know the signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury.

Indications of a TBI

One of the things that can make detecting a TBI so difficult is that the symptoms may or may not appear immediately after the traumatic event. Furthermore, some of the symptoms may be masked by other ailments, such as whiplash following a car accident. Another major area of concern is that victims may be less likely to notice some of the symptoms themselves. If you or someone you love experiences any of the following symptoms after an accident, immediate treatment should be sought:

  • Persistent or severe headaches

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Nausea and/or vomiting

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Disorientation or confusion

  • Dizziness

  • Lack of coordination or balance

  • Sleeping more than usual

  • Unusual sensitivity to sound or light

  • Memory or concentration problems

  • Changes in mood or personality

  • Seizures

  • Dilation of one or both pupils

  • Slurred speech

  • Clear fluid draining from the ears

  • Weakness or numbness

  • Anxiety or depression

You Could Be Eligible for Compensation

In TBI cases caused by negligence, including car accidents, victims may be owed compensation for any losses they experience. Examples of compensable damages can include everything from medical expenses and physical therapy costs, to missed time at work, to mental anguish and pain and suffering. The process of pursuing such damages can be complex, but an attorney can help you build and present a strong case.

Contact a Crystal Lake Personal Injury Attorney

At Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, we strive to protect victims and their families involved in personal injury cases. We can handle all the legal details of your case, allowing you and your family the time and energy you need to heal. Schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced McHenry County brain injury lawyers to get started. Call 815-338-3838 today.





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