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Recognizing traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can occur in many different instances; sporting events and motor vehicle accidents are the most common. And, unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries happen more often than many people may think. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over a million TBIs, as they are referred to, happen in the United States every single year from various activities. Sadly, a traumatic brain injury can result in death due to the failure to seek medical attention.

Understanding TBIs

A TBI is essentially an impact to the skull that damages the brain and affects its functioning. TBIs can be mild or severe. Concussions, however, are the most common type of TBI.

Typically, a concussion occurs when there is a blow to the head, or an acceleration-deceleration injury, that may occur in a motor vehicle accident without any direct blow to the head. Concussions that may seem mild can and do lead to lingering and challenging cognitive complications.

Unsuspecting damage

Some individuals who suffer from a TBI may seem like they are ok post event because they are conscious and there is no bleeding present or visible signs of head trauma (like an open cut or wound). So, they don't seek any real treatment.

However, in certain cases, a TBI can cause internal bleeding which results in pressure on the brain and a subdural hematoma. Blood clots can also form which results in a cut off of blood circulation to the brain. Without immediate medical treatment to relieve the leaking blood or blocked artery, death or permanent brain damage, including loss of cognitive function or memory, paralysis, and serious psychological conditions, can occur.

Compensation for TBIs

Brain injuries happen all too often in car accidents because of the negligence of at-fault drivers. The prevalence of distracted driving has caused auto accidents to increase. Too many drivers are texting behind the wheel or utilizing GPS navigation today and causing auto accidents because of their failure to pay attention to the roadway and other drivers.

Legal recourse is available to those who have suffered TBIs or any other injuries in car accidents as a result of at-fault drivers. Injured parties can seek compensation for rehabilitation, medical services, and loss of wages, among other damages. Speaking with a personal injury attorney is advised as the first step. A knowledgeable lawyer can offer advice on the law as it pertains to individual circumstances.