ACCIDENTS AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES
If you have ever been through a concussion, it is unlikely that it is an experience that hasn’t traumatized you in some way. The headaches, the loopy and foggy feeling, nausea, irritation, etc. These instances and their aftermath are not fun and certainly not something that you ever anticipate having to go through.
In that regard, we are talking about Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). Traumatic Brain Injuries are injuries caused by a blow or jolt to the head. While we typically hear about TBI as a result of sports injuries, it is important that we acknowledge and reflect on the fact that these types of injuries happen every day as a result of serious car and motorcycle accidents. For instance, a traumatic brain injury can occur in conjunction with a car accident when the head strikes the steering wheel or the window of the vehicle that you are traveling in. This is an extremely common occurrence, wherein the force of such an impact can cause the brain to “crash” into the inner lining of the skull. If the body is jolted suddenly as a result of a car accident, the brain will keep moving, eventually smashing into the skull. The amount of force can determine the amount of damage.
A Traumatic Brain injury can range from a mild concussion to a severe injury that includes permanent brain damage. This fact makes it imperative that the symptoms of a TBI are recognized and treated as soon as possible. For that reason, Khalil Law Group, APC recommends that anyone involved in an accident that includes some form of loss of consciousness, headaches, forgetfulness, nausea, vomiting or general “brain fog,” immediately submit to a Hospital emergency room for evaluation and care. There is never a proper excuse for not taking care of your health and the health of your family members, first. Period.
There are steps that can be taken in order to protect yourself after being involved in a car accident. If you are in a car accident or motor vehicle accident and you have any reason to believe that you struck your head, call the police and do not allow yourself to be too shy or prideful to demand an ambulance. As with so many other injuries, a key to protecting yourself from further damage is early diagnosis and treatment. By calling for an ambulance, you are allowing yourself to be treated at the scene by trained professionals.
When EMTs arrive on the scene of an accident and it is believed that there has been some trauma to the head and/or brain, they should conduct what is known as the Glasgow Coma Scale (GSC) in order to evaluate the severity of a potential traumatic brain injury. This test is conducted an evaluates things like motor skills, speech, eye-opening response, etc. Based on the results, the medical professionals can (in the very least) get a head start on prognosis and treatment. Thereafter further tests such as CAT Scans can be conducted in order to more accurately and effectively move forward with your necessary care.
Traumatic brain injuries can be devastating and, often, catastrophic. If you or a loved one are suffering through atraumatic brain injury, give Khalil Law Group a call for a FREE evaluation of your case, your rights, and your future.