Every year, many individuals in West Virginia and across the country suffer from traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBI, after a motor vehicle crash. Unfortunately, this can lead to long-term effects. Here’s more information about TBIs and motor vehicle crashes.
How a TBI happens
A TBI generally occurs when there’s a blow or jolt to the head. This may happen during a motor vehicle accident if a driver or passenger hits their head on the steering wheel or dashboard, or a rear passenger’s head might jolt forward and hit the seat’s headrest.
The long-term effects
Many individuals die because of the injuries that they sustain from a traumatic brain injury. Those who do survive are often left with long-term effects that make it difficult to perform everyday tasks. Symptoms can include a severe headache that won’t go away, memory loss or impairment of cognitive function. Some individuals can get better with therapies and medical treatment.
Why TBIs are missed in some people
It isn’t uncommon for individuals to miss the signs that their loved one is suffering from a traumatic brain injury after a car accident. For older adults, family members may think that they are just exhibiting signs of dementia rather than those of a TBI. This is why it’s imperative that everyone be evaluated by a medical professional after they’ve been in a serious motor vehicle accident.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident and you suspect that a traumatic brain injury has occurred, you aren’t alone. Many people who sustain this type of injury seek legal counsel so that they can try to recoup compensation from the at-fault party.