At McCamy Phillips Tuggle & Fordham, LLP, in Georgia, we know all too well how a motor vehicle accident can devastate you and your family. The injuries you and/or your loved ones can receive may impact you for the rest of your lives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over 286,000 people suffer a traumatic brain injury every year as the result of a vehicle crash. If you have never heard of this grievous injury before, be aware that the Mayo Clinic defines a TBI as an injury that causes your brain to become dysfunctional. Specifically, you likely will suffer a TBI if the force of the crash’s impact causes your head and neck to violently jerk back and forth. When this happens, your brain likewise violently jerks back and forth inside your skull, injuring its delicate tissues and nerves.
One of the most frightening aspects of a TBI is that no two are exactly the same. In addition, your symptoms may not appear until hours, days or even weeks after your accident. You nevertheless should seek immediate medical attention any time you injure your head in a car wreck or any other occurrence. Do not assume you only bumped your head slightly if you exhibit no immediate TBI symptoms.
Throughout the 30-day period after your accident, watch for TBI symptoms such as the following:
- Blurry vision, double vision, light sensitivity
- Tinnitus (ringing in your ears), sound sensitivity
- Headaches, nausea, vomiting
- Dizziness, balance problems
- Confusion, disorientation. inability to think or speak clearly
- Sudden mood swings or the onset of persistent fear, anxiety or depression
Also watch for personality changes such as irritability, argumentativeness or aggressive and/or hostile behaviors. All of these can be telltale signs that you suffered a traumatic brain injury.
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