Every brain injury is unique and every traumatic brain injury victim is affected in a different way. Some injured accident victims show signs of TBI immediately following an accident and with other injured victims it can take hours, days or even weeks after an accident when symptoms begin to appear. Some people develop post-concussive syndrome (PCS), a mild TBI after sustaining a concussion. Many people have misconceptions regarding TBI's such as
- In order to sustain a brain injury, you must hit your head.
- The brain injury symptoms will show up right after an accident.
- You must lose consciousness when you sustain a traumatic brain injury.
None of these things are true. Even minor accidents can lead to brain injuries. Even if your head does not come into contact with another object, the force of the impact can cause your brain to collide with the front, back or side of your skull. Your brain can bleed and swell if that happens.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury:
Physical Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury:
- Light sensitivity
- Trouble walking
Cognitive Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury:
- Short or long term memory loss
- Difficulty completing tasks
- Slow to process information
- Not able to do more than one thing at a time
- Difficulty remembering words
- Difficulty concentrating
- Spatial problems
Emotional Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury:
- Mood swings
- Impulsive behavior
Long Term Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury:
TBI's can have devastating long term effects. A victim of a TBI can face long term disability and have problems with sensory processing, cognition, memory, communication, and mental health. A TBI victim can also become overly aggressive.
Traumatic Brain Injuries and Insurance Settlements:
When it comes to traumatic brain injuries (TBI's), insurance companies will want to settle as quickly as possible. The reason the insurance company will want to settle quickly is that a traumatic brain injury can be one of the most expensive injuries accident victims can be treated for. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a Sarasota or Bradenton car accident or slip and fall accident, do not take what the insurance company offers and seek the advice of an experienced brain injury attorney. The effects of a traumatic brain injury can last months or even years and an injured accident victim may not know the true extent and severity of their injuries until long after the accident.
It is very difficult to determine how much compensation is due to a victim of a traumatic brain injury. There may be long term medical costs and the earning capacity of the injured victim may be severely affected.
A traumatic brain injury can be very difficult for the victim as well as the victim's family members. Compensation from an insurance claim can't cure the brain injury, but it can help with medical bills, physical or occupational therapy and housing and living expenses for the victim and the victim's family. If you or someone you love has sustained a traumatic brain injury as the result of an accident, please contact the brain injury attorneys at the Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., at (941) 218-8220. Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., will work hard to obtain the compensation you rightly deserve for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and lost the enjoyment of life. Call to schedule a free consultation.