Traumatic Brain Injury After a Car Accident: What You Should Know

February 9, 2024

By Grossman Green PLLC

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have a profound impact on a person’s life. In 2021 alone, there were over 69,000 TBI-related deaths, equating to roughly 190 deaths every day.

While TBIs can result from a variety of causes, including sports injuries and falls, car accidents are among the common culprits as well. Knowing this, it’s all the more important to stay vigilant and safe on the road, taking every precaution possible to prevent these devastating injuries. Keep reading to learn more about TBI injuries and how our firm can help.

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

TBIs can occur from a severe blow or jolt to the head or body (closed brain injury) or from an object that penetrates the brain tissue (penetrating brain injury), such as a bullet or shattered piece of skull. Mild TBIs may cause temporary effects on brain cells, while more serious injuries can result in bruising, torn tissues, and bleeding in the brain.

Treatment depends on the severity of the injury. In general, your doctor may prescribe certain medications, physical therapy, speech therapy, etc. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to minimize additional damage to the brain.

Overall, it is important to seek medical attention if you or someone you know has experienced a TBI after a car accident. The damage can have long-lasting effects on cognitive and physical abilities and, in severe cases can result in death.

TBI After a Car Accident: What Are the Symptoms?

TBI can have serious physical and psychological effects that may not immediately present themselves. Even in seemingly minor car accidents, it is crucial to seek medical help. Seeking medical attention can help identify any potential issues early, improving outcomes and reducing long-term effects.

Mild TBI symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Speech problems
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Ear ringing
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Mood changes
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of consciousness for seconds or a few minutes

Moderate to severe TBI symptoms:

  • Loss of consciousness for several minutes or hours
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Persistent headache
  • One or both pupils dilated
  • Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
  • Clear fluids coming from nose or ears
  • Agitation
  • Slurred speech

People with moderate to severe TBIs can also experience mild TBI symptoms. Overall, if you believe you may have suffered a TBI or notice your condition worsening, be sure to seek medical attention.

Long-Term Effects of TBI

The location of a TBI plays a significant role in its long-term effects. The frontal lobe, located in the forehead area, is responsible for important functions such as reasoning, problem-solving, and impulse control. Damage to this area can lead to risky and inappropriate behaviors.

Left-brain injury can result in challenges with logic, talking, and comprehension, while injury to the right side can cause issues with processing visual information and performing familiar tasks.

Long-term TBI effects can include but aren’t limited to:

  • Memory loss
  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Visual changes
  • Paralysis
  • Balance problems
  • Reduced language skills
  • Mood swings
  • Problem-solving challenges
  • Depression

Call Our Team for Help

Suffering from a TBI is a difficult experience. However, it’s important to know that you do not have to go through this experience alone. Our TBI attorneys at Grossman Green PLLC can help you hold the negligent party accountable. We understand the gravity of such injuries and strive to help our clients pursue the compensation they deserve.

Our team is dedicated to fighting for your rights and aggressively advocating for you. We offer free consultations to discuss your case and determine the best course of action. Let us help you through this challenging time and seek the justice you deserve.

Contact us today at (502) 215-3344 or fill out our online form.