Here at Pierce & Shows, APLC, in Louisiana, we represent numerous clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries in a motor vehicle accident. Consequently, we know that one of the worst injuries you can suffer in a car crash is a traumatic brain injury. Unfortunately, approximately 286,000 people suffer such an injury each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Mayo Clinic explains that a traumatic brain injury is one in which the crash impact makes your brain squish around in your skull due to the violent back-and-forth motion of your head. The resulting damage to your brain causes it to begin malfunctioning, possibly leaving you with a lifetime of debilitating symptoms that could make your continued employment impossible or even require you to receive constant care.
Since your brain controls everything that your mind and body does, how your TBI will affect you depends on numerous factors, including the following:
- The part of your brain you injure
- The severity of that injury
- How quickly you receive a TBI diagnosis
- How quickly you begin receiving appropriate treatment
In addition, no two TBIs, even similar ones, affect all people the same way. Your symptoms likely will be different, often considerably so, from those experienced by any other TBI victims. Nevertheless, in general, TBI symptoms usually include one or more of the following:
- Vision impairment
- Hearing impairment
- Cognitive impairment
- Speech impairment
- Coordination and/or balance impairment
- Psychological and/or emotional impairment
Furthermore, while your TBI symptoms could begin immediately after your injury, they could just as easily not begin until weeks afterward. This is why you need to seek immediate emergency medical assessment and treatment whenever you receive any type of head injury, no matter how seemingly minor. You then need to remain constantly vigilant for at least a month to see if any additional symptoms appear. If so, you should relay this information to your physician immediately.
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