When a car accident victim’s head suffers a blow, he or she can suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI can have life-altering complications for an individual, including permanent disability and reduced cognitive function. When an individual suffers a TBI in a car accident, he or she can file a personal injury protection (PIP) claim to have his or her related expenses covered and in certain cases, he or she can file a bodily injury claim to pursue compensation for related damages from the party who caused the accident.
Car Accidents and Brain Injury Statistics
It is impossible to know how many car accident victims truly suffer traumatic brain injuries because in many cases, TBIs do not have apparent physical symptoms. But using data from the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH), we know that car accidents are the most common cause of TBI hospitalizations for people between the ages of 15 to 24 in New York.
Additional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2.5 million people were admitted to emergency departments for TBIs nationwide in 2013. Among these patients, car accidents were the third most common cause of their injuries. Car accidents were also the third most-common cause of death among victims who ultimately died from TBI complications.
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Symptoms of a TBI
As mentioned above, not all TBI symptoms are obvious for the victim or the people around him or her. Because of this, they can go unnoticed for weeks or even months.
TBI symptoms include:
- Light and sound sensitivity;
- Blurred vision;
- Difficulty sleeping;
- Memory loss; and
- Balance and coordination difficulties.
If you are involved in a car accident, seek medical attention as soon as you can after the accident. If you did suffer a TBI, this is how you can have it promptly diagnosed and treated.
Long-Term Effects of a TBI
Not all TBIs leave victims permanently injured, but many do. This is more likely to be the case with severe TBIs than it is with more mild injuries. A victim can reduce his or her likelihood of suffering from long-term TBI complications by pursuing prompt medical treatment.
Long-term and permanent TBI complications include:
- Loss of motor control;
- An increased risk of facing Alzheimer’s disease later in life;
- Chronic headaches;
- Cognitive impairment; and
Work with an Experienced Long Island Personal Injury Lawyer
Suffering a traumatic brain injury will change your life. If you are involved in a car accident and suffer a brain injury as a result, contact our team of Long Island personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP to schedule your free legal consultation with us. Our car accident attorneys can answer all of your questions and help you get on the path to physical and financial recovery.