Traumatic Brain Injury

The apparent increase in traumatic brain injuries (TBI) across the nation has been called the silent epidemic. Suffering from a concussion or any kind of TBI can have long lasting impacts on the lives of victims and their families, and research is still emerging about the implications, complications and long-term side effects of brain injuries. Even seemingly minor concussions and mild TBIs can leave victims struggling to get on with their daily lives. Traumatic brain injuries can occur as a result of just about any type of trauma to the head, but they’re especially common in car accidents and youth sports. If you’re concerned or worried that you or a loved one might be suffering from a traumatic brain injury, you should seek immediate medical attention and contact a personal injury attorney.

Concussion or TBI?

Some people still think that a minor concussion isn’t a very big deal. Maybe, you got knocked out in a car accident, but you feel okay afterwards. Even concussions where you don’t lose consciousness can be traumatic for your brain. It’s essential to understand that concussions are forms of traumatic brain injuries. If you’ve had a concussion, no matter how mild, you need to be seen by a doctor. Although much research still needs to be done in the field of concussions, TBIs and brain injuries, we do know recovery times are much longer than they were originally thought to be.

Traumatic Brain Injury From Car Accidents

Even if your head doesn’t make contact with a solid object or air bag, it’s still possible to suffer from a traumatic brain injury in a car accident. TBIs can happen if you’re body, neck and head are jolted. If the jolt is violent enough, your brain can get jostled inside of your skull, and that can cause a traumatic brain injury. After any type of car accident, it’s important to get seen by a doctor, even if you initially feel fine. That can be your adrenaline and survival instincts kicking in.

TBI: The Silent Epidemic

The traumatic brain injury epidemic has been referred to as the silent epidemic, this is because so many people can suffer in silence, and without visible scars, it’s hard to understand what victims are going through. We also know that many people suffer for years with mild and moderate TBIs without seeking treatment or even understanding the full implications of a lifelong or long-term brain injury. If you suffer from any kind of TBI symptoms after a car accident or other type of accident, you need to raise your concerns with your doctor. If you’re depressed, have memory problems, difficulty concentrating or other symptoms associated with TBI, let your doctor know immediately. Listed below are some possible symptoms associated with traumatic brain injury.

Possible Symptoms of TBI
  • Headaches
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea
  • Visual problems
  • Loss of balance
  • Disorientation
  • Speech difficulties
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Frustration with simple tasks
  • Dizziness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Mood swings
  • Problems with coordination
  • Seizures
  • Emotional disturbances
Immediate Medical Evaluation and Treatment

The most important thing to do if you suspect you or a loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury is to see your doctor immediately. There are treatments available that can help. Parents should keep an especially vigilant eye on children and even toddlers after car accidents, because TBI symptoms might be inaccurately labeled as ‘tantrums’ or normal ‘moodiness.’ If you suspect your child has suffered from a traumatic brain injury, ask your doctor for a full medical evaluation as soon as possible.

Expenses Associated with TBI

The expenses associated with TBI can be astronomical. Initial medical bills are just the tip of the iceberg. Depending upon the severity of the TBI, you could be looking at long-term or lifelong physical therapy, mental health services and or rehabilitation. In some cases, it may be necessary to ensure there is compensation for in-home care, a loss of future income and pain and suffering.

When to Call a Jackson Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

Traumatic brain injuries can be devastating for victims and their families. Whether you’ve suffered from a TBI in a car accident or your child has suffered from a concussion playing high school sports, it’s important to speak with a personal injury attorney about your options. If you have suffered from a TBI or if a loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury due to somebody else’s negligence in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact Coxwell and Associates, PLLC at (877) 231-1600 for a free case consultation.

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