One of the most serious injuries someone can sustain in a motor vehicle accident is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). These injuries are often invisible with no corresponding bleeding or bruising, but they can have lasting effects. TBI’s are often overlooked and go undiagnosed for weeks.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty in finding words (aphasia)
- Problems with short-term memory
In serious cases, the individual may experience retrograde amnesia – the loss of hours or days leading up to the accident. While normally accompanied by a loss of consciousness, even an altered state of consciousness can result in a TBI.
Traumatic Brain Injuries Investigation Methods
Brain injuries can often be seen in an MRI, CT-Scan or even a PET Scan. However, these can exist even without any specific objective findings. TBI’s can be diagnosed through the use of neuropsychological testing which can demonstrate that someone who could function at a normal/average level prior to the accident or trauma is now functioning at below-average levels on standardized measures of various types of cognitive activities.
Cognitive Loss Due To Brain Injury
These cognitive deficits can impact a person’s ability to engage in the activities of daily living, perform their normal employment functions and even maintain relationships with family and loved ones. These injuries can be permanent and can be incredibly life-altering. In the most severe cases, they can necessitate a life care plan to provide care and treatment throughout the life of the victim.
Las Vegas Nevada Personal Injury Attorney
While the injuries are complex, pursuing these claims can be even more complicated. They require expert medical and psychological witnesses to explain and document the injury and the problems which result from the injury. It is also important to have an attorney who understands the nature and realities of these types of injuries to ensure the individual injured in the motor vehicle or other accident obtains not only compensation for the injury sustained, but also the care and treatment they will require throughout the remainder of their life.