The National Institutes of Neurological Disorders recently reported that 1.4 million people suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year. More than half of these cases come as the result of transportation related accidents – including auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, and car / pedestrian accidents. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that over 17 % of all TBIs come as a result of traffic accidents – over 238,000 per year.
So what is a traumatic brain injury? According to the mayo Clinic, a TBI occurs when “an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction”. Generally speaking, these forces come as a result to a sudden violent blow or jolt to the head or body. This powerful force results in a temporary dysfunction of brain cells, bruising, torn tissues, bleeding, and other damage that can cause long-term complications.
While TBI’s should be treated and observed by a medical professional, often times they can go undiagnosed and continue to worsen with the passing weeks and months. Below are some common symptoms of a traumatic brain injury:
– Slowed Motor Skills
– Slurring Speech
– Blurred Vision
– Short and Long Term Memory Loss
– Lack of Focus
– Depression and Anxiety
– Mood Swings
– Lapse in Judgment and Organization
If you have been in an auto accident, or suffered any other sudden blow to your head and are feeling any of the symptoms above, you need to seek medical attention immediately. Even if you have been treated following the injury, and a TBI was failed to be diagnosed – contact your doctor again and talk through your symptoms. Because these injuries are not always visible to the naked eye, it is not uncommon for a serious brain injury like a TBI to go undiagnosed.
Cases involving TBI can become difficult and complex. If you have suffered a brain injury in an auto accident, you need a law firm to protect your rights against the insurance companies. Large insurance companies will do everything in their power to minimize your compensation, and protect their bottom line. We have the size, strength and experience to stand up for your rights and see that you get the medical attention that you deserve. Call Rutter Mills for a free, no obligation consultation of your legal rights today.