Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) refers to any injury to the brain caused by a sudden blow or jolt to the head. Because car accidents often involve high-speed impacts, car crashes are a leading cause of TBI in Florida. Anyone who is involved in a West Palm Beach car crash should be screened for brain injury, even if there are no symptoms or signs of head injury.
Many people are surprised to learn that it is possible to sustain a traumatic brain injury In a West Palm Beach car accident without ever hitting your head. The reason that brain injuries are a danger in any car accident is because the impact that causes the damage doesn't have to be that between your head and the dashboard or other part of the car. The collision that could hurt your brain could be the one that occurs when your brain is shaken within your own skull. When a crash causes a car to stop suddenly, the brain keeps moving at the speed the car was travelling. It only stops when it hits the inside of the skull. This can cause bleeding, bruising, and swelling.
When you visit the doctor after a West Palm Beach car wreck, he will check for immediate signs of TBI. These include:
- Memory problems
- Memory loss
- Any unusual behavior
During the exam, he may ask you questions about yourself, your life, and current events. These questions are designed to screen for memory problems. He will also ask about the accident, whether you lost consciousness, and if you have a history of head injuries. He may order computerized tomography (CT) scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain. If you show signs of brain injury, you may need to stay in the hospital until the extent of the damage can be determined.
Sometimes, the signs and symptoms of head injuries are not evident until a few days or even a week or longer after the accident. After the doctor examines you, you will be given a list of potential signs of TBI. These signs may include:
- Worsening of existing symptoms
- Persistent nausea
- Sudden changes in behavior
- Dilated or uneven pupils
- Vision changes
- Changes in taste, smell or hearing
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty speaking
- Clear fluid or blood from the ears or nose
- Weakness in the arms or legs
- Memory problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of consciousness
If you have any of these symptoms in the days and weeks after a Florida car accident, contact your doctor immediately. Getting immediate treatment may lessen the severity of a car accident brain injury.
Initially, treatment for brain injuries involves reduction of swelling and stabilization of the patient. Once the patient is stabilized, the damage to the brain can be assessed. Therapy may help a patient gain lost skills, but many Florida brain injury victims are left with permanent disabilities.
Treatment and rehabilitation of brain injuries can be expensive. If your loved one has suffered TBI after a Florida car accident, you and your family may be able to seek compensation on their behalf. West Palm Beach accident attorney David Glatthorn can help you file a Florida injury claim for medical bills, rehabilitation, lost income, and other expenses related to your loved one's injury. To learn more, contact David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.
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