When a traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs in a personal injury accident, it changes the entire complexion of the claim and the case. With a TBI, there is the strong possibility of long-term negative medical effects that may require ongoing and long-term care. The rehabilitation process for a TBI can be expensive, and the end result could be the complete alteration of the victim’s life. A TBI could mean that the victim cannot perform their job anymore, maintain their personal relationships, and be available to help raise their children.
In every instance, a TBI should be diagnosed and treated only by a medical professional. But if you know someone who has been in a personal injury accident and they start to exhibit the symptoms of a TBI, then you need to alert the victim immediately. In some instances, victims who have suffered a TBI may not realize that anything is wrong or different.
A TBI can alter the way the victim’s brain processes information and gives commands to the rest of the body. Some of the symptoms of cognitive issues after a personal injury accident include:
- Inability to pay attention
- Lack of concentration or focus on any activity
- Loss of short or long-term memory
- Bouts of confusion and disorientation
- Impulsive actions in a person who is normally not impulsive or an increase in impulsive activity
- Difficulty in understanding or focusing on conversations
In many ways, TBI symptoms can almost seem similar to the symptoms that come with being intoxicated. When it comes to speaking or processing spoken information, some of the more prominent TBI symptoms are:
- Difficulty in putting together sentences
- Difficulty in carry on a conversation
- Slurred or stuttered speech
- Speaking faster or slower than normal
- Unexplained difficulties in reading or writing
As you are talking to someone suffering from TBI, you may notice that they are squinting their eyes or seeing images that are not there. In terms of vision issues, some of the more common TBI symptoms include:
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Partial or complete loss of vision
- Lack or loss of depth perception
- Inexplicable and involuntary eye movements
- Inability to tolerate lights of any intensity
There are some TBI symptoms that affect a person’s mannerisms and physical appearance. These symptoms are immediately noticeable and they include:
- Muscle spasms or partial paralysis in parts of the body
- Complaints of chronic by non-specific pain
- Lack of bladder or bowel control
- Haggard look or moodiness due to a lack of sleep
- Noticeable loss of energy or enthusiasm
- Noticeable loss of weight and appetite
- Constant complaints about being cold
- Sudden signs of anger or aggression
In the world of personal injury law, a TBI is treated very differently than other types of injuries. A brain injury is very serious, and the victim is going to need a great deal of treatment and support to recover. If the victim is unable to recover from their TBI, then their life will change permanently and they may need financial compensation to be able to have a decent quality of life.
If you know someone who has been in a personal injury accident and you start to see the symptoms of a TBI, you should alert the victim immediately. Being in an accident is traumatic enough, but it could be a life-changing event if a TBI is involved.