Traumatic brain injuries can cause serious long-term damage

Traumatic brain injuries can cause serious long-term damage to victims of car accidents and personal injury accidents.

Victims of car accidents and falling objects in Ohio and across the U.S. are at risk of receiving a traumatic brain injury. While some people are able to fully recover from their injuries, other people may suffer from serious, long-term trauma as a result of mild, moderate or severe brain injuries. Knowing how to identify the signs and symptoms of TBI may help to improve peoples' outcome if they should become involved in an accident.

TBI facts

Millions of Americans know how difficult it can be to adapt to living with traumatic brain injuries. In addition to the many people suffering from the on-going challenges that traumatic brain injuries can bring, 1.7 million new injuries occur every year across the country, according to BrainLine.org. Sadly, 52,000 of those cases end in death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that approximately 30 percent of all deaths caused by injuries in the U.S. involve traumatic brain injuries.

Spotting the signs

Each traumatic brain injury case is unique, and the effects of the trauma may differ depending on the severity of the accident and what part of the brain was injured. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the signs of mild TBI include confusion, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating and difficulty remembering things. In moderate to severe cases of TBI, people may lose consciousness, have seizures or experience tingling in their arms and legs. They may suffer from headaches, nausea, vomiting and have trouble speaking. Some injury victims may show immediate signs of brain trauma. However in some cases, it can take several days for the symptoms to become apparent.

The initial impact

It all begins at the time of impact. A forceful jolt to the head can cause the brain to hit against the bony interior of the skull. This may result in brain bruising, bleeding and inflammation, which can continue for days after the accident occurs. Once the damage has been done, it is crucial that victims seek medical attention as soon as possible. Although there are limited treatment options available, medical professionals may be able to stop more brain damage from occurring.

Getting back on track

Whether you have obtained a traumatic brain injury because of a reckless driver or due to the negligent actions of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation. You may be overwhelmed with property damage, medical expenses and emotional trauma as a result of the accident. The attorneys at Lamkin, Van Eman, Trimble & Dougherty, LLC can look over the details of your case and help to determine your best course of action.