According to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), there are an average of more than 100,000 car accidents every year. Fortunately, most of the reported accidents are minor collisions. But some of them end in tragic, life-altering consequences such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI). A serious injury like a TBI can result in extended hospital stays, expensive medical bills, and permanent physical damage. If you suffered a brain injury due to a car accident, you might be entitled to compensation.
How does a car accident brain injury occur?
A brain injury is usually caused by a collision or blunt force trauma to the head that disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. A severe collision can result in memory loss or complete loss of consciousness. According to a study done by the NIH, there were 7,750 drivers hospitalized during a three-year period in Maryland; 2,925 drivers (37.8%) had a TBI. Certain factors can determine the severity of a TBI, such as speed, the direction of impact, and seatbelt usage.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries range from mild to severe, and symptoms can vary depending on the severity and can last for months. Symptoms of mild TBIs can include the following:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Problems with speech
- Dizziness or loss of balance
More severe injuries can cause all of the above and other symptoms such as:
- Loss of consciousness for several minutes or longer
- Clear fluid draining from the eyes or ears (cerebrospinal fluid)
- Can not be awakened from sleep
What to Do If You Have Suffered a TBI
If you suffered a brain injury due to a car accident, it is crucial to seek medical care immediately. Injuries can be fatal if left untreated. A medical team will then perform various tests to provide you with a diagnosis and create a treatment plan. Costs for these processes can add up very quickly. If it’s discovered that the negligence of an individual led to your injury you may be entitled to a lawsuit. A lawsuit can help cover the costs of treatment and therapy that victims of traumatic brain injuries need. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
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