Symptoms of traumatic brain injury from car accidents
Different signs of TBI, and how they could affect you
Traumatic brain injury from a car accident can be hard to understand, because many people with TBI look and speak normally. That’s because the more common symptoms involve the car accident victim’s cognition and emotional functioning.
Meanwhile, traumatic brain injury lawyers and doctors rarely see only one set of symptoms or a disability that affects only one part of a person’s life. And when other, more urgent medical problems are apparent at the onset of a car accident, TBI is often “masked” and can be ignored by doctors.
For help, call Michigan Auto Law at (800) 777-0028. There’s no cost or obligation. Below is a list of traumatic brain injury symptoms, by the National Institutes of Health.
Traumatic brain injury long term effects
The long term effects of a TBI can be very severe and life-altering, which is why it’s so important to know what the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury are.
That way TBI survivors can begin receiving necessary treatment and care as soon as possible.
Michigan Auto Law attorney Steve Gursten – who is currently the President of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice – talks in the following video about the long term effects that TBI survivors may face.
As Steve explains in the video, the challenges that can affect people with traumatic brain injury include:
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
The “risk [of being faced with one or more of these challenges] relative to the general population skyrockets” for car accident victims who have suffered a TBI, Steve states.
Non-neurological symptoms of TBI
Non-neurological medical complications include pulmonary, metabolic, nutritional, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal and dermatologic issues.
Neurological symptoms of TBI
Any sensory, motor and autonomic function may be compromised from traumatic brain injury. Most complications are apparent within the first days or months following an injury, depending on the severity of initial trauma from an auto accident. Some long-term conditions include a variety of movement disorders, seizures, headaches, visual deficits and sleep disorders.
Cognitive symptoms of TBI
Cognitive symptoms can occur individually or in combinations, and change in severity and presentation over time. Some of most persistent and common functional problems include memory impairment, difficulties in concentration as well as deficits in language use and visual perception. Additionally vulnerable to TBI are problem-solving, abstract reasoning, insight, judgment, planning, information processing and organization. These symptoms are often unrecognized.
Behavioral symptoms of TBI
Behavioral deficits include decreased ability to initiate responses, verbal and physical aggression, agitation, learning difficulties, shallow self-awareness, altered sexual functioning, impulsivity and social dis-inhibition. Mood disorders, personality changes, altered emotional control, depression and anxiety are also prevalent with traumatic brain injury from a car accident.
Social symptoms of TBI
Social consequences of mild, moderate and severe TBI are many and serious, including increased risk of suicide, divorce, chronic unemployment, economic strain and substance abuse. As individuals with brain injury attempt to resume their daily activities, the environment places increasing demands on them, uncovering additional problems. For example, executive dysfunction may become obvious only in the workplace; behavioral changes affecting relationships may appear after leaving the hospital.
Children with TBI
For pediatric brain injury, interactions of physical, cognitive and behavioral conditions interfere with the task of new learning. The effect of early traumatic brain injury may not become apparent until later in the child’s development. Children with traumatic brain injury may also have difficulties with peers due to cognitive processing, behavioral problems or difficulty comprehending social cues.
The traumatic brain injury lawyers at Michigan Auto Law
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