Brain Injuries: When Auto Accident Symptoms Do Not Improve
March 16, 2017
If you’re in a serious automobile accident, it’s normal to feel a little out of focus and disoriented at first. But if those symptoms are severe and don’t improve quickly, you might have suffered a traumatic brain injury.
There are several ways traumatic brain injury can happen in a car accident, like if your head hits the steering wheel or windshield. You can also suffer a brain injury if you’re ejected and your head hits the pavement.
What Types of Brain Injuries Are There?
Generally, brain injuries can be broken down into two categories: closed head injury and open head injury.
A closed head injury could include the following:
Concussions – This is a mild brain injury that involves slight swelling of the brain. The brain is typically able to recover from a concussion, but not always, and sometimes the concussion can cause brain damage if it is severe.
Mass Lesions – This could include bruising (contusions), blood clots (hematoma), and bleeding of the brain (hemorrhaging). All of these put more pressure on your fragile brain.
Diffuse Injuries – Diffuse injuries are tiny injuries that are dispersed throughout your brain in different places. They’re often hard to find and can end in brain damage.
What Are the Signs of A Traumatic Brain Injury?
Your brain is responsible for the following functions, among several others:
Attention and concentration.
Processing and comprehending information.
Communicating with others
Planning, sorting, and putting things together
Reasoning skills, problem-solving, making decisions, and judgment.
Impulse control, patience
If you’ve suffered a brain injury, you might have issues with attention, concentration, talking, comprehending and remembering, or a host of other areas.
Do you find yourself with any of the following problems?
Restlessness, unable to sit still
Easily distracted, unable to multitask or finish even one project
Issues with talking to people for long periods of time
Having trouble coming up with the right word
Trouble starting or following conversations or understanding what others say.
Rambling or straying off-topic
Difficulty organizing your thoughts.
Trouble with nonverbal communication, unable to show facial expressions
Unable to understand or respond correctly to other people’s nonverbal communication.
Not understanding jokes or sarcastic remarks
If someone was negligent in causing your brain injury, you are entitled to compensation in several areas. A good personal injury attorney will go after the responsible party for the following, depending on the circumstances of your case:
Medical bills, both current and future
Rehabilitation and long-term medical care
Lost income and lowered earning capacity
Damage to your property
Pain and suffering
If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury because of an accident, contact Robert Armstrong’s office today for help.