Traumatic brain injuries that include concussions are one of the largest causes of death in the United States. According to reports filed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injuries leading to both hospitalization and death.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBT) or concussion can lead to possible brain damage, which eventually leads to permanent disability, internal bleeding, change in human behavior – and even death. It usually happens during an auto accident when the brain moves back and forth in rapid succession. It can have both short- and long-term effects on the functioning of the brain, leading to loss of confidence and self-esteem and skull fractures. In some cases, concussions due to car accidents can lead to a coma, which can last from a few hours, days or even months. Because insurance companies might refuse to process claims against concussions, a competent personal injury and auto accident attorney can help you with financial recovery – not just for the medical bills, but for possible auto repairs as well.
Possible Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
Although there may be immediate symptoms visible when a concussion occurs, many patients might feel signs of possible trauma in the future. You might be suffering from a traumatic brain injury if you develop the following symptoms:
- Consistent confusion in identifying individuals and objects,
- Loss of sight or blurred vision,
- Constant headache and short term memory loss,
- Fatigue and dizziness,
- Inability to sleep,
- Change in personality or possible aggressive behavior,
- Recall of accident memory and anxiety.
Future Implications of Traumatic Brain Injury
In the short term, it is possible injuries due to an auto accident may lead to the inability to track objects with the eyes, with severe or endless headache and migraine. In case of severe brain injury or internal bleeding, individuals might get permanent disability or paralysis. Individuals recovering from a concussion may find it difficult to concentrate on a single task or perform high-intensity tasks that require the use of brain or strength. If an individual is suffering from Post-Concussion Syndrome, they might feel cervical pain and might find it difficult to drive again.
If you wish to find out more about personal injuries due to car accidents in Illinois, schedule a free consultation, contact the offices of Robert Edens at (847) 395-2200 to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer.