Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been labeled as such for a reason. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, an estimated 5.3 million individuals, or 2% of the population, live with a TBI-related disability in the United States. If this number isn’t enough to make you grasp the true impact of this epidemic, consider that 153 Americans pass away each day from injuries that include TBI, making it a major cause of disability and death in our country. Although falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury, automobile accidents follow right behind.
Those, who survive a TBI, can face symptoms that last a few days or the rest of their lives. These effects can be wide-ranging and include impairments related to memory, movement, sensation, and/or emotional functioning. Since symptoms of traumatic brain injury vary depending on the site and extent of the injury to the brain, TBI can be difficult for the untrained eye to diagnose, as no two individuals will present the same pattern of physical or cognitive symptoms.
At Bush Law Firm, we always put our clients first and believe it’s in your best interest to be aware of the impact automobile accidents can have on your long-term health. If you were recently in a car accident in Louisiana, it’s wise to be aware of signs that indicate a potential brain injury, as well as your options in proceeding with the appropriate litigation if necessary.
What are the signs of traumatic brain injury?
The aftermath of a car accident is anything but simple. You’re overwhelmed by the process of your claim, and perhaps, you’re not feeling your best. You’ll also be dealing with a damaged vehicle and trying to get what you rightfully deserve from your or a third-party’s insurance provider.
While wrapped up in all the hubbub, you may neglect what is really most important after this unfortunate occurrence— your health. Damaged property can be replaced over time, but the harm your body may experience from impact cannot be ignored long-term. Symptoms you might dismiss as minor early-on could indicate a larger, and life-altering problem, a traumatic brain injury. Some of the commonly overlooked symptoms of a TBI include:
- Bad taste in your mouth
- Mood swings or changes in personality
- Blurred vision or other sensory-related problems
- Bouts of dizziness and light-headedness
- Problems concentrating or making decisions
- Slurred speech or loss of focus during conversation
Even if you brush off these symptoms as stress or exhaustion, you may be dealing with a serious brain injury and need to seek medical attention immediately. If you notice one or a combination of any of the symptoms above after a car accident, it’s in your best interest to obtain a medical assessment to diagnose your condition and pinpoint a proper solution.
How should you move forward after a diagnosis?
Like any decision in life, you’ll have a number of ways to proceed after being diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. If the accident that caused you harm resulted out of the reckless or negligent actions of another driver, you’ll have grounds to move forward with a personal injury lawsuit. A lawsuit will help you recover any money you’ve lost during these unforeseen circumstances, whether it’d be from personal property damage, loss of wages, or in the case of a TBI, medical bills.
In choosing to work with a Louisiana personal injury attorney, you’ll be more likely to receive the compensation you deserve when you need it most. To learn more about your next steps, reach out to the legal professionals at Bush Law Firm, who remain up-to-speed with personal injury litigation and will know the best, most reasonable course of action for you.