At the Illinois Law Office of Kerley & Associates, we represent numerous car crash victims who have suffered grievous personal injuries as the result of their accidents. A traumatic brain injury represents one of the most potentially catastrophic injuries from which our clients suffer.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, unfortunately, over 286,000 people receive traumatic brain injuries in car crashes each year. The Mayo Clinic explains that a traumatic brain injury, a/k/a TBI, is a brain dysfunction caused by the impact of your auto accident making your head and neck jerk back and forth. The violence of these movements result in your brain “sloshing around” in your skull, thereby injuring its delicate nerves and tissues.
Each TBI is different from all others. Consequently, the symptoms you suffer from your TBI likely will differ from those of someone else who sustained a similar one. Additionally, while your symptoms could appear right after your accident, they could just as easily appear hours, days or even weeks later. This is why you should get immediate emergency medical assistance any time you suffer a head injury, be it from an auto accident or any other event. It takes an experienced trauma physician to appropriately diagnose and treat a TBI.
Regardless of the result of your initial medical assessment, you should watch out for any of the following TBI symptoms that occur in the days and weeks following your accident:
- Blurred or double vision or sudden light sensitivity
- Tinnitus (ringing in your ears) or sudden sound sensitivity
- Sudden continuing headaches, vomiting or nausea
- Sudden continuing dizziness or balance problems
- Sudden continuing difficulties with your speech
- Sudden continuing feelings of disorientation, confusion, etc.
Also ask your family to watch out for any changes in your personality that you may not consciously recognize yourself, such as increased irritability, moodiness, hostility, combativeness, etc. Should you or they observe any of the above physical or psychological symptoms, be sure to immediately report them to your physician or other health care professional.
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