A traumatic brain injury results from a severe jolt or violent blow to a person’s body or head. Sometimes, motor vehicle accident victims experience these types of brain injuries.
Serious TBI can result in long-term complications such as bleeding, bruising, torn tissues and other physical damage.
What are some effects of a traumatic brain injury?
Traumatic brain injuries present themselves in a variety of psychological or physical ways that may appear immediately or weeks after the accident. Mental symptoms of TBI include slurred speech, profound confusion, a coma or unusual behavior such as combativeness or agitation.
Some physical signs of TBI are loss of coordination, convulsions, inability to awaken from sleep, persistent headache or vomiting, numbness in fingers and toes and loss of consciousness for an extended period of time.
Individuals should seek medical care immediately after any blow to the body or head.
How can those effects impact life?
People with a TBI might not always recover in a reasonable amount of time like other car accident victims will. Those with a TBI may never fully recover or they may need long-term medical care involving a team of specialists. They might lose their ability to drive or hold a job.
They might also never fully enjoy the fun things in life like they did before the accident. For example, having a social life, playing sports or going on traveling on adventurous vacations. Even certain medications could affect their ability to function normally.
Overall, a TBI seriously affects a person’s life, long after being in an accident.