Did you know that nearly half of all TBI injuries are the result of car accidents?
There are more than 200,000 TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) cases each year in the United States. It is estimated that nearly half of these cases are the result of an auto accident.
What is TBI?
A Traumatic Brain Injury refers to brain dysfunction that has been caused by an outside force, generally by a violent blow or jolt to the head. A penetrating object to the skull can also be a cause. They are usually the result of a severe sports injury or auto accident.
A TBI is a complex brain injury that has a broad spectrum of symptoms. They do not heal like other types of injuries do and because no two brain injuries are alike, the resulting disabilities will be different with each case. Additionally, symptoms may present themselves early on, or may take a few days or even weeks.
Mild trauma to the brain may only cause a temporary dysfunction of the brain. However, more severe traumatic brain injuries can result in bruising, bleeding, torn tissue and other damage to the brain that can lead to long-term disabilities or even death.
In the case of a Chicago car accident, trauma to the brain occurs when the skull forcefully strikes an object like a windshield or dashboard. It can also happen in the case of serious whiplash. In either situation, when a person’s head is bounced around or hit in a car accident, the brain moves around inside the skull and becomes bruised and torn. The brain may continue to move even after the head has stopped and this may cause further bleeding and bruising.
Symptoms of TBI
As stated above, a TBI can have a wide variety of symptoms and they may appear right away or may take days or even weeks. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, some of the symptoms of a mild TBI may include:
- Loss of consciousness – for a few seconds or minutes
- Being dazed, disoriented or confused
- Nausea or vomiting
- A feeling of fatigue or feeling tired
- A hard time sleeping
- Sleeping more than what is normal
- Loss of balance or dizziness
- Vision problems
- Ringing in the ears
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Problems with memory or concentration
- Mood changes
- Feeling of depression or anxiety
In the case of a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, the symptoms generally appear with the first few hours or days and these may include:
- Loss of consciousness up to several hours
- Persistent or worsening headache
- Constant vomiting or nausea
- Seizures or convulsions
- Dilation of one or both pupils
- Fluid draining from nose or ears
- Weakness or numbness in outer extremities
- Severe confusion
- Unusual behavior
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident and have symptoms of a TBI, seek medical attention immediately.
Contact a Chicago Auto Accident Lawyer
If you have been in a car accident in Chicago, determining your best course of action is not easy without experienced representation. At Willens Law Offices, we know how to step in and take care of the details that will protect your rights and options, assuring you of the compensation you need and deserve. We relieve you of worry and stress so you can focus on getting well. Your health should be your primary concern, not dealing with insurance companies and other details that can cause you additional stress.