Traumatic Brain Injury Accidents

No one ever thinks it will happen to them. People don’t get behind the wheel or jump into the passenger seat thinking that this will be the day they are in a serious Phoenix car accident. Yet, when the shrieking of the tires stop and the glass settles, they discover that they have been involved in a crash.

Whether it was you or a family member who was severely hurt in the auto accident, it is crucial that you understand the symptoms, treatment and prognosis of a traumatic brain injury. This type of injury ranges in severity and is typically the result of a sudden blow to the head. A traumatic brain injury, also commonly referred to as TBI, can “bruise the brain, tear nerve fibers and cause bleeding,” according to MayoClinic.com. The National Institutes of Health estimate that nearly 50 percent of all traumatic brain injury cases are caused by car, motorcycle and bicycle accidents.

Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

Traumatic brain injury cases are categorized as mild, moderate and severe. MayoClinic.com lists the following TBI symptoms for each category:

Mild Brain Injury

  • Short period of unconsciousness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Amnesia
  • Mood changes

Moderate to Severe Brain Injury

  • Persistent headache
  • Seizures
  • Continuous vomiting
  • Dilation of one or both pupils
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of coordination
  • Inability to awaken from sleep
  • Weakness
  • Agitation

Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment & Prognosis

The treatment of traumatic brain injury is based on its severity. For example, mild cases require little more than rest and over-the-counter pain medications. On the other hand, severe traumatic brain injuries often necessitate emergency surgery, especially if there is swelling or bleeding in the brain. Medications and therapy are other common treatments of moderate to severe traumatic brain injury cases.

There are many complications associated with serious head injuries, ranging from infections to nerve damage. The prognosis following a brain injury is dependent on how serious it was and the treatment that was involved. Many people are able to go on to live normal lives after suffering a severe brain injury, while others are left to cope with physical and cognitive disabilities. Either way, medical treatment for a serious injury like this can be extremely expensive and your health insurance may not cover all of the costs.

When to Call an Injury Lawyer

If the car accident was caused by the other driver’s negligence, you may be able to obtain compensation. The money you recover can help offset expensive hospital bills, missed wages, and help compensate for your pain and suffering from injuries. Attorney Nathan Hogle is a highly-experienced Phoenix car accident attorney that will be able to review your case and advise you on your options and legal rights.

For a free case evaluation, contact us at 480-999-0646 or fill out our online form.

We represent auto accident cases throughout Arizona and  particularly in Maricopa County, including Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Glendale, Peoria, Goodyear, Tempe, Surprise and Buckeye, and more.