Every year, 2.4 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Of these injuries, over 17% are caused by automobile accidents according to the CDC. However, evidence of TBI is not always immediately apparent. Often seemingly mild symptoms including headaches, fatigue, or irritability can be clues that a TBI has occurred even if medical testing does not reveal brain damage. If you suffer these symptoms after an auto accident, it is crucial you seek medical attention. It is not uncommon that events after the auto accident can damage a brain as much as the initial trauma due to bleeding or swelling of the brain.
TBI have several long-term consequences. Often doctors will prescribe medications and therapy aimed at improving symptoms. Initial medical treatment goals include ensuring proper oxygen and blood flow to the brain and body, stabilizing blood pressure, and treating any problems or conditions affecting other parts of the body (besides the brain) that have arisen because of the injury. After individuals with TBI have been stabilized, the treatment plan generally involves rehabilitation efforts to teach patients how to cope with their specific injury-related symptoms. This treatment often includes physical or occupational therapy, medication, and psychological sessions.
Each brain injury and its recovery is different. The recovery can last years and it is possible some effects may be permanent in nature. Given the long-term effects of TBI, it is crucial to receive medical treatment immediately following an auto accident. If you suspect you suffered a traumatic brain injury, please contact a Cleveland auto accident attorney at NRS Injury Law to discuss your case by filling our our contact form, or calling toll free 855.GOT.HURT (855.468.4878).