3 things to know about TBIs after a car crash

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are often a significant concern following a car crash. These injuries can range from mild to severe. Understanding the nuances of TBIs is essential for both victims and caregivers who are compelled to navigate the aftermath of a car crash as effectively as possible.

These injuries can be complex because the symptoms and effects of brain trauma vary greatly. Because of this, anyone who believes they suffered a brain injury in a crash must receive prompt medical care.

Symptoms may be delayed

One of the most challenging aspects of TBIs is that symptoms may not appear immediately after the incident. It’s not uncommon for individuals to walk away from a car crash feeling fine, only to experience signs of a brain injury days or even weeks later. Symptoms can range from physical changes like headaches and dizziness to cognitive or emotional changes like memory problems or mood swings. This delayed onset can lead to delayed treatment.

A blow to the head isn’t necessary for a TBI to occur

Contrary to popular belief, a direct blow to the head isn’t required to sustain a traumatic brain injury. The sudden jolt or whiplash motion often occurs during car crashes and can cause the brain to move violently within the skull. This movement can lead to bruising, bleeding and tearing of brain tissue without any external signs of trauma.

Long-term impacts vary greatly

The long-term effects of TBIs can vary widely from person to person, depending on the severity of the injury and the specific areas of the brain affected. These can include physical impairments, cognitive difficulties, emotional instability and personality changes. The variability of these outcomes highlights the importance of personalized treatment plans and ongoing support for individuals with TBIs. Rehabilitation services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and psychological support, can be crucial in helping survivors adjust to life after the injury.

Life after a TBI can be costly, so victims may opt to pursue a claim for compensation from the party whose negligence or intentional conduct caused their harm. This is a time-sensitive matter because of the statute of limitations built into Georgia law.