Traumatic Brain Injury Should be Taken Seriously After an Accident
Written by Greg on May 30, 2018
Brain injury research reveals there is a discernible connection between traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s.
What that means is sometimes when an individual has survived an auto accident that left him with a “mild” traumatic brain injury from which –for all practical purposes – it appears that they have recovered from, this is not necessarily the case.
Why? Because a young child who survives a traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI, is not necessarily “cured.”
Head Injury Can Be Long Term After an Accident
Unfortunately, TBI is a physical affliction that takes the form of a progressive disease with long-term complications – a medical fact that is difficult to convey to the average person. The truth is that survivors of TBI will face many hardships in their future.
TBI is often referred to as “invisible epidemic”. Often brain injury survivors do not appear to look, speak or act any differently than other. They seem “normal.” The reality, however, is that the brain is likely experiencing complex changes that affect behavior, personality, thought processing and overall health. Moreover, the symptoms of brain injury can change with time, and for some people the complications of this complex do not show improvements – but only worsen.
Studies have found that “after a single traumatic brain injury, survivors still show changes in their brain. Beyond the immediate effects, a single brain injury may initiate long-term processes that further damages the brain.
Some of the symptoms of TBI can mask themselves to appear as though it’s emotional and behavioral problems. The reality is there are no fit all TBI symptoms. The injury can affect people in different ways and sometimes symptoms change during the recovery process.
Some individuals may recognize TBI symptoms right away, while in others the symptoms may not show up immediately or may not seem as severe initially.
But make no mistake if left untreated, the effects of TBI can alter the way you live and also change the relationships you have with others. So, dismissing a brain injury whether mild or severe could make things worse. Traumatic Brain Injuries should be seen as emergencies because the consequences can worsen rapidly if the individual goes untreated.
Signs of TBI after a Collision
Some symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can include but are limited to:
*unconsciousness even if very temporarily
*poor memory – inability to remember
*changes in personality-irritability
*confusion or disorientation
*loss of sleep
Concussions are the Most Common Brain Injury
The most common form of a mild dramatic brain injury is a concussion that either results in temporary loss of consciousness such as a moment or two or know one consciousness at all but was symptoms occurring shortly after the impact or within the next few days or weeks. Loss of consciousness can be a big factor in the evaluation and treatment of a closed head injury.
If a victim has been unconscious for more than 30 minutes, the emergency room doctors will take special caution in evaluating the seriousness of the brain injury and will run a number of tests such as a CT scan out of the abundance of caution.
If you’ve been in an automobile accident and are experiencing any symptoms of a head injury, use caution and get yourself checked by a qualified physician. If you’ve been in accidents and have been diagnosed with a post injury or concussion, take special care in monitoring the situation as advised by your physicians.
The Connection Between TBI and Alzheimer’s
One of the most sage and astounding findings related to the long-term effects of TBI was offered by the researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
They believe that the neuro-degeneration associated with Alzheimer’s may be initiated or accelerated following a single traumatic brain injury — even in young adults. Neuro-degeneration is defined as “the progressive loss of structure or function of neurons and is the cause of such neuro-degenerative diseases as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington.
These researchers were able to establish a link between TBI and the later development of cognitive impairments in the form of these neuro-degenerative diseases! One doctor is quoted as saying that “a single traumatic brain injury is very serious, both initially, and as we’re now learning, even later in life.”
Experience Matters in Head Injury Lawsuits
From a legal point of view this is extremely important – a client who may appear normal to a jury or insurance company may not be aware of the degenerative capabilities of a traumatic brain injury.
The only hope for the victim is for an experienced brain injury attorney to present this information in an authoritative and convincing way that leaves no room for doubt.
About the Author
Greg Baumgartner is personal injury lawyer with many successful cases involving serious brain injury. Greg is the founder of the Baumgartner law firm, which based in Houston, TX. If you would like to speak with an attorney experienced in brain injury cases call the Baumgartner Law Firm 281.587.1111.