One of the most common injuries suffered in a car accident is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI is also one of the most serious injuries, causing 30 percent of all injury fatalities. Every day, approximately 153 people die from injuries related to TBIs. A mild TBI, such as a concussion, may last only a few days, while more a severe one can last years. Some people struggle with symptoms for the rest of their lives.
In 2013, TBIs led to fatality for 50,000 people. Falls account for nearly half of TBIs, with blows to the head and car crashes also causing TBIs. Injuries and deaths caused by TBI are most common among those over the age of 75.
If you suffered a TBI due to someone else’s negligence, make sure you understand your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation. Let the Angleton personal injury lawyers at Scott M. Brown & Associates help you with your case.
Symptoms of TBI
If you have a mild TBI, you might notice symptoms such as headache, nausea, dizziness, confusion, fatigue, bad taste in your mouth and changes in mood and behavior. If your TBI is more severe, you might experience symptoms such as vomiting, blurred vision, slurred speech, seizures, loss of coordination, loss of consciousness and coma.
If you have hit your head and are suffering from any of these symptoms, seek medical help right away. Prompt treatment can keep your condition from worsening.
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Rehabilitation After a TBI
A brain injury is much more serious than a wound. Your brain regulates your entire body, so any damage to it can be serious. You may lack balance and coordination, suffer from memory loss and lose the ability to see and hear. You may be unable to go back to work or school.
Before you are released from the hospital, you will start therapy. In the early stages, you will focus on regaining movement and being able to take care of yourself, such as get dressed and use the bathroom. Community-based therapy will help you regain important skills. Therapy may need to be ongoing, depending on the severity of your TBI.
Occupational therapy is the next step. This type of therapy helps TBI patients integrate back into the community. Patients learn activities of daily living and home management so they can manage their lives more effectively. They receive assistance from a team that may include a physical therapist, social worker, neuropsychologist, speech-language pathologist and rehabilitation counselor.
Our Angleton Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
The symptoms of a brain injury can last a few days, a couple years or the rest of your life. Treatment for a TBI can be extensive and costly, so make sure you are financially prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.
Don’t let a TBI cause you bankruptcy. With the right legal help, you can receive full compensation for your injuries. The Angleton personal injury lawyers at Scott M. Brown & Associates can help. To learn more, contact us today at (281) 612-8241.