No one in New Jersey expects to be in car accident on any given day. However, motor vehicle accidents caused by negligent drivers happen every day, and can cause a person to suffer serious injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
A TBI takes place when a person experiences a serious hit or jolt to the head. TBIs can cause bruising of the brain, tear brain tissue and cause bleeding of the brain. A person who suffers a serious TBI can experience long-term complications or may even die because of the TBI.
The symptoms of a TBI could manifest themselves hours after the incident, but sometimes do not become apparent for days. Therefore, if a person is in a serious car crash, it is important to be able to recognize the symptoms of a severe TBI.
Severe TBIs can make a person fall unconscious. A person could have a bad headache that won't go away. They may feel nauseated and vomit. They could even experience seizures. They could lose feeling and strength in their fingers and toes. A serious TBI could also cause a person to slur their speech. Mentally, they may be extremely confused and combative. They could even fall into a coma. Some complications of a severe TBI include post-traumatic epilepsy, the buildup of fluid in the brain, infection, damaged blood vessels that could lead to clotting or a stroke, and vertigo, among other long-term complications.
Treating a TBI can lead to significant medical expenses, especially if one needs ongoing therapy or rehabilitation to overcome the complications caused by the injury. In addition, there could be a loss of income if a person is unable to work due to the TBI. Also, a person with a TBI can experience significant pain and suffering. Some people might find that their life has been forever changed due to the TBI. Thus, if a person suffers a TBI due to the fault of another, such as in a motor vehicle accident, that person may want to explore their options for pursuing compensation for the damages they suffered.