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Car accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries

On Behalf of | Apr 13, 2017 | Brain Injury

There are many common injuries resulting from car accidents. Some may only be mild in nature, but others, such as traumatic brain injuries, can have lifelong consequences. Did you know that motor vehicle collisions are one of the leading causes of TBI in the United States?

Whether you reside in Oklahoma or elsewhere, if you have suffered a TBI in a car crash, how you will recover may be difficult to predict. Depending on the circumstances, there may be no guarantee of recovery because the effects of TBI are different for everybody.

TBI facts

Approximately 1.7 million people in the United States suffer traumatic brain injuries each year. Of those, an estimated 275,000 require hospitalization; 52,000 patients do not survive; and nearly 125,000 victims experience permanent disability.

Automobile accidents are the cause of just over 17 percent of all TBIs. Those most at risk are young children, teenagers and the elderly.

Common TBI consequences

If you suffer a hard and sudden impact to your head, you are likely to experience some negative consequences. Depending on the severity of the injury, changes to your body may include:

  • Various levels of paralysis
  • Poor coordination
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Vision and/or hearing loss or impairment

These are just a few in a long list of potential problems. As far as psychological changes, common consequences include:

  • Decreased problem-solving skills
  • Reduced attention span
  • Communication deficits
  • Lack of emotional control
  • Depression

Those who suffer severe head injuries are likely to experience more of these changes than someone whose injuries are minor.

Treating a TBI

Doctors will tailor the care you receive according to your specific needs. However, common treatments include:

  • Evaluation and follow-up request
  • Medication
  • Surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Home care
  • Behavioral management therapy
  • Living in a residential care facility

Treatment plans are not set in stone, and adjustments are possible based on your progress.

Seek relief

Treating and living with traumatic brain injuries can take a toll on victims and their families. Thankfully, according to state laws, you may utilize legal remedies to recover damages if the injury is the result of someone else’s negligence. With the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney, you can take the steps necessary to seek relief.

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