A TBI (traumatic brain injury) is caused by sudden damage to your brain resulting from a jolt or blow to your head. While there are many causes of these injuries, they are often seen in accident victims after a car, motorcycle or truck accident, an assault or a fall.
The impact of TBIs depends on how severe they are and what part of the brain is affected. In many cases, though, it will impact the victim for the rest of their lives.
Symptoms of TBIs
After an accident, TBIs aren’t always evident. In fact, it may take a few hours, days or even weeks for the symptoms of this injury to appear. Some of the tell-tale signs of a TBI to watch for include:
- Emotional changes or disturbances
- Memory issues
- Poor concentration or focus
- Loss of balance
- Sleep issues
- Visual problems
- Disorientation or confusion
These injuries can also result in a loss of consciousness and seizures. Immediate treatment is required at the first sign of a TBI.
The importance of a medical evaluation after an accident
If you are involved in an accident, you may feel fine. When this happens, you may decline medical evaluation. Unfortunately, this isn’t a good idea. Failure to seek treatment for your injuries may lead to issues down the road if you try to pursue a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. Also, not seeking treatment means that any damage that has occurred won’t be found until it gets worse.
Protecting your rights and health after an accident
If you are involved in a car accident, it’s important to take steps to protect your rights and your health. This includes seeking medical treatment right away and learning about the legal options you have.