When it comes to the variety of injuries that people can suffer in motor vehicle accidents, there really is no end. Most accidents, thankfully, are relatively minor—and so are the injuries involved. However, there is no denying that some motor vehicle accidents leave victims with life-altering injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are one example.
So, what is a “traumatic brain injury”? Well, as the name implies, this type of injury occurs when there is serious physical damage to a person’s brain—and it might be permanent. This type of injury, commonly referred to as “TBI,” usually occurs when a person gets a violent blow of some kind to the head. That can definitely happen in car accidents.
A person can be diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury even if the symptoms vary in severity. For example, a “mild” TBI might leave a victim with such symptoms as loss of balance, dizziness, speech problems, nausea or even just simple headaches. More serious symptoms might include mood or emotional changes and memory and sensory problems. A more serious case of TBI can include all of the above-listed symptoms but, on top of that, might also include symptoms such as loss of coordination, seizures, unusual behavior or even loss of consciousness, among many other possible symptoms.
Each traumatic brain injury is unique and impacts an injured victim in a unique way. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, including if the injury is a TBI or other catastrophic injury, you may need to examine your legal options.