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When accidents cause traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury ranks among the more serious consequences that may result from an accident such as a car crash or a fall. A strong impact to the head, even in the absence of a penetrating wound or skull fracture, can cause damage to the brain. In a car accident, the abrupt stop while traveling fast can generate trauma even in the absence of a specific impact to the head.

TBI symptoms can vary greatly in their effects and severity. Evaluating the worth of a case when TBI is involved can be a complex matter and necessitate medical experts, as the health and financial ramifications can be extensive.

Moderate TBI can be hard to identify

In the event of moderate TBI, you typically lose consciousness for less than 30 minutes and may suffer memory loss over a period of several hours. Other symptoms may begin occurring as late as a few weeks after the impact. This is just one reason not to assume everything is fine just because you were able to walk away from the accident scene or got sent home from the emergency room.

Moderate TBI symptoms may cover a wide range. You may initially mistake them for minor illnesses that do not need further attention. However, they can develop into more severe symptoms and persist for a long time, affecting your well-being, social life and ability to work.

Typical range of moderate TBI symptoms

Common symptoms include nausea, headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, impaired physical coordination, mild speech impairment, mental fog, impaired recall, inability to focus and difficulty absorbing new information. Specific effects can depend on which area of the brain sustained the damage. You may even experience uncommon and unpredictable symptoms. In the days and weeks following your accident, it is a good idea to watch for any changes to your physical or mental health and to see a doctor promptly should you experience any.

Diagnosis and treatment

Diagnosing TBI may involve imaging studies as well as neurological and psychological testing. Treatments may include surgery, medication, speech therapy and physical rehabilitation.

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