Traumatic Brain Injury
When you are involved in an automobile accident, the chances of suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are significant. TBI can occur when you receive a blow to the head that causes the brain to move within the skull. TBIs can be mild—for example, a concussion is a mild form of TBI—or they can be extremely severe. It is imperative that you understand what symptoms may occur after a car accident so that you can seek medical attention immediately if you see any of the signs.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
In cases of mild traumatic brain injury, the victim may lose consciousness briefly. Symptoms may include headache, nausea, lightheadedness, and the victim may also show signs of confusion. Other symptoms may include sleepiness or sleeplessness as well as mild vision problems.
Moderate or severe TBI
Some cases are slightly more severe, and those who have moderate TBI may display some of the same symptoms as those with a mild injury but may also have seizures and other symptoms. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke warns that any symptoms could be the sign of more serious issues, and victims should seek immediate medical attention.
The treatment for TBI varies depending on the severity. In very mild cases, patients will typically be monitored for a period of 24 hours either at home or in the hospital. It is imperative that anyone with any symptoms be seen by a medical professional as quickly as possible because the chance of insufficient oxygen levels could cause further damage.
In more severe cases, the treatment regimen could be far more difficult and may include speech therapy, rehabilitation therapy, and, perhaps, psychological therapy to deal with the challenges that they may face long-term, including personality changes. Severe cases could also add the burden of expensive tests like CAT scans and X-rays to ensure that there are no other physical problems. Unfortunately, nearly one-half of victims will require some type of surgical procedure as well.
When you or someone you love has been involved in an automobile accident, there is a significant chance that the result will be TBI. According to the CDC, car accidents (between 2006 and 2010) are the third leading cause of these types of injuries and can result in death in serious cases. However, victims do have legal options to ensure they are financially whole after this type of injury. Victims are going to be faced with mounting medical bills for the care necessary after TBI, and an attorney who understands Hawaii personal injury law can help ensure you are compensated for your injuries.
An attorney can help by reviewing your case and holding the person responsible for the accident accountable. Under Hawaii law, victims have two years to file a suit in order to get compensation for their injuries. Typically, compensation will include recouping medical payments, lost wages, and pain and suffering within the compensatory limits set down by the state. Keep in mind—since Hawaii is a “no-fault” state, victims have the right to sue if they suffer economic damages of more than $5,000.