Each year, around 1.5 million Americas develop traumatic brain injury, and vehicle accidents are among the leading causes. TBIs often require a lengthy healing process, and sometimes, the patient never regains full health. Patients in Central and Southwest Virginia may experience several types of TBIs, each of which affects the survivors differently.
Overview of TBIs
TBIs are caused by a violent jerk of the head and neck, and they range from mild to severe. The most common minor TBI is a concussion, which could cause the person to lose awareness briefly. A more serious TBI includes a hematoma, or a blood clot on the brain.
Most brain injuries produce the general symptoms of headaches, dizziness, balance issues, dilated pupils, breathing issues, and behavioral problems. Patients commonly think nothing is wrong with them after a vehicle crash because adrenalin hides the signs.
Sometimes, the brain repairs itself with the help of treatment, but some areas cannot be repaired. The patient could look as if they have recovered, but they often face lingering physical and psychological symptoms. They may have trouble completing physical tasks they once did and have issues with simple cognitive functions.
Some lasting physical symptoms include headaches, vision problems, fatigue, trouble sleeping, and sensitivity to noise and light. Some patients may find it hard to keep a job, participate in social activities or maintain visible awareness. Other lingering non-physical symptoms include depression, anxiety, denial, irritability, concentration problems and dependent behavior.
A TBI can decrease life expectancy by nine years, and the patient has a greater risk of dying from several conditions. Brain injuries raise the cost of living for the patient, since they commonly need additional treatment and home care.
A TBI can change the life of a patient, but many never seek compensation. Patients who believe another party is responsible could get compensated.