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What is a traumatic brain injury?

On Behalf of | Dec 16, 2015 | Car Accidents

A car accident can involve catastrophic injuries. In fact, even in minor accidents people can suffer serious injuries. One of the most serious types of injuries that people can face are brain injuries. In particular, traumatic brain injuries, also known as “TBI,” are very serious.

As most people know, the brain is the command center of the body. It controls how a person functions and allows individuals to be independent. An injury to the brain can therefore be devastating. Some brain injuries can change the course of a person’s life.

A TBI occurs when a person suffers a serious blow to the head. People can immediately begin to feel the effects of a TBI. A mild TBI — also known as a concussion — can result in temporary side effects, including nausea, dizziness and the loss of consciousness, among others. People who have a mild TBI may require medical care, but often simply need time and rest to heal.

More serious brain injuries have more serious effects. A severe TBI can result in seizures, coma and death. Other symptoms include numbness or weakness in a person’s extremities, loss of coordination, severe headache, the dilation of a person’s pupils and agitation. People with serious TBI often need immediate medical care. These individuals may lose some ability to control their mind and body following an accident.

When a car accident causes a TBI, victims can be left with serious medical and financial repercussions. In these cases, it can be important to explore legal options. Through a personal injury lawsuit car accident victims may be able to seek compensation for their injuries.