When you are involved in an accident, many things might happen. You may receive injuries that cause you long-term pain or even keep you from completing the work that you set out to. In these cases, you may be able to receive compensation for your claim. Traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBI, are one type of injury that you may experience when you have received a blow to the head such as while playing sports or while driving. These injuries can cause symptoms for a long time, some very mild and some very serious. Now you can find out more about TBI and why it is important to gain this knowledge if you have been injured.
How TBI is Different From the Rest
Many people do not understand just how serious the consequences of a brain injury can really be. Many fail to see the fact that our brain defines who we are and these severe injuries can affect many aspects of our lives, all the way down to our personality. This injury is unlike any other, even that of a broken arm or a punctured lung after an accident. The truth is, brain injuries do not heal like many other injuries and recovery time could take longer than expected depending on your case. Many people that have been involved in a serious accident will return to their normal lives and believe that they are fine, but brain injuries may not affect them right off the bat. They could appear even up to weeks after the initial accident, which is why it is vital to seek the help of a physician as soon as possible following the accident.
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The Drastic Effects of a TBI
TBI are actually very common injuries because a blow or any force to the head can happen very easily when you are involved in a serious accident. However, to understand your specific injury, you first have to know whether or not your TBI was mild or severe in nature. To fall under the mild category, many people will experience loss of consciousness or confusion that is shorter than 30 minutes. They may also experience specific issues such as headaches, difficulty thinking, memory problems, or mood swings. Even though these effects are thought to be mild, they can still be devastating for somebody going through it.
To qualify for severe TBI, loss of consciousness lasts more than 30 minutes and impairment. Those who have fallen victim to these TBI may experience limited function of arms or legs, abnormal speech, loss of thinking, or emotional problems. Certain aspects of cognition will be affected and a victim may not be able to concentrate on tasks at hand, making it more difficult to go to a job each day. This is why compensation sometimes becomes necessary, to get them back on their feet again.
If you have been injured in an accident, you should always speak to your doctor about a possible TBI. They can happen quickly and you may not even know that you have one until you start to see the effects right in front of you. Give us a call today to handle your case.