A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be as mild as a concussion or as severe as a bruised or bleeding brain.
A vehicle crash is a common cause of TBI. If you should sustain this kind of injury, what are the prospects for recovery?
The violent impact of a vehicle crash can cause a head injury. For example, if you hit your head on the steering wheel or windshield, you could have a concussion, which is a mild form of TBI. An injury that is more severe could cause your brain to shove against your skull, resulting in bruising or bleeding.
TBI symptoms are not always apparent at the time of a vehicle crash since the body releases adrenalin, which can hide pain and injury temporarily. However, in the hours or days to follow, you may experience dizziness, fatigue, memory problems, slurred speech or sensitivity to light among other symptoms. This is why prompt medical attention is advisable following a crash, even if you feel OK and believe you have no injuries.
Once your condition stabilizes, the damaged brain cells will try to repair themselves to the extent possible. However, the cells need help to do so, which is where rehabilitation comes in with two basic goals: to relearn forgotten skills and to compensate for ongoing impairments. Much of what you have learned over the course of your life is still present in a blocked portion of your brain. Rehabilitation assists in gaining access to this information. It helps to improve memory, concentration and communication skills. Ongoing treatment for TBI is costly. But as the victim of a car crash, you can expect compensation to cover current and future medical expenses and more.