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The signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury after a wreck

On Behalf of | Oct 11, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury

Serious auto accidents in Georgia can result in traumatic brain injury. Because vehicles often hit at speed, the brain may continue to move inside the head long after the head has stopped moving. Hitting an object such as the steering wheel or simply the force of the action can result in contusions and bleeding.

The Mayo Clinic breaks down the symptoms experienced by TBI patients. Symptoms range from mild to severe. Physical symptoms include nausea or vomiting, loss of balance or dizziness, loss of coordination, convulsions, worsening headaches, numbness or weakness in fingers and toes, fatigue and speech problems. Mental or cognitive symptoms include confusion, depression, slurred speech, coma and agitation. Some patients experience sensory issues such as sensitivity to light or blurred vision.

Traumatic Brain Injury offers further information on treating TBI. Medications may be prescribed for victims to deal with aggressive behavior or aid with concentration and attention following a TBI. The goal of treatments is to minimize further health problems and additional injuries. Seizure medication may be necessary for some patients. To reduce head pressure, mechanical ventilation may be used to support breathing. Intracranial pressure can be monitored with a device inserted into the brain cavity.

A car wreck victim with TBI may experience more than one symptom. Seek medical attention immediately following a car wreck to rule out TBI. Victims with TBI may have the right to file suit against the other driver, the car manufacturer or the municipal highway department depending on who is at fault for the accident. The effects of TBI can last long after the accident occurred.