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Understanding a TBI and the recovery process


Most West Virginia residents never expect to be involved in a serious accident. But, accident victims are often unprepared to deal with the aftermath of a severe accident injury, such as a trauma to the head. A traumatic brain injury, or a TBI, could permanently or temporarily impair an accident victim.

A TBI is a brain injury that could have been caused by various events during an accident, such as an automobile collision. Damage to the brain could occur when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object enters the brain after it pierces through the victim's skull.

Depending on the extent of the damage to the brain, the victim could suffer a mild, moderate or severe TBI. A mild TBI usually includes symptoms such as a headache, confusion, lightheadedness, blurred vision and dizziness, while an individual with a moderate to severe TBI will show similar signs as a mild TBI, but may also have a worsened headache, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, increased confusion, dilation of one or both pupils, numbness in the extremities and other serious symptoms.

Because little can be done to reverse a brain injury, it is important to receive medical attention right away. Treatment could include surgery to remove or repair hematomas or contusions and, depending on the severity of the brain trauma, a victim could suffer disabilities even after medical intervention. The recovery process can be lengthy and will likely require years of rehabilitation and therapy.

No matter the type of accident, it is important that accident victims with a suspected head injury receive timely medical treatment. If another party caused the accident, a victim could hold the negligent party responsible for their TBI and other injuries suffered. A personal injury claim could help the injured party cover expenses, such as medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages and other related damages.

Source: Ninds.nih.gov, "NINDS Traumatic Brain Injury Information Page," accessed Nov. 30, 2015

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