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A traumatic brain injury can change the rest of your life

If you were recently in a car accident or a workplace accident, you may have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Particularly if your head received any blunt force trauma or you were shaken during the accident, you may be at increased risk of a TBI.

If you or someone you love has recently been in an accident that caused a TBI, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible. They can help you file for workers' compensation or review any settlement offers from an insurer or the other driver who caused the accident.

What are the symptoms of a TBI?

At first, it can be hard to differentiate between symptoms consistent with a traumatic brain injury and the short-term trauma effects of an accident. In mild cases of TBI, there may be several days before the injured party even starts displaying symptoms. When they do manifest, people are likely to ignore them, at least at first.

Symptoms of a TBI include loss of consciousness, feeling confused, nausea and vomiting, persistent dizziness or the sensations of vertigo, hearing a ringing in the ears, difficulty sleeping or constant need to sleep, blurry vision, or even an unexplained smell or taste that won't go away. Some people may experience light and noise sensitivities, not unlike the symptoms of severe migraines. Others may have trouble concentrating, while others experience a change in overall mood or personality. Memory loss is not uncommon in moderate to severe cases of TBI. There is also potential for falling into a coma.

How is a TBI treated?

In many cases, treatment for a TBI will focus on reduction or elimination of symptoms. If it is severe and immediately diagnosed, medical staff may perform surgeries to alleviate pressure or fluid on the brain. Care often also includes interaction with a social worker and a therapist to help the injured person adjust to a new reality and help one's family members acclimate to the individual's changed behavior or mood.

Depending on the extent of the injuries and the area of the brain affected, the person with the TBI may require job retraining, physical therapy and comprehensive rehabilitation to regain functionality. The expense involved in treating a TBI can be overwhelming for a family, especially if the injured person was the primary wage earner prior to their accident.

How an attorney can help after a TBI

Your family will have a lot to deal with following a serious accident and a TBI diagnosis. Retaining the services of an experienced personal injury attorney is one of the best ways to help. Your family can focus on healing and supporting the injured person, while your attorney focuses on ensuring that your expenses are handled properly. The legal professional can review settlement offers and advocate on behalf of your family to insurers. If needed, he or she can also help your family file a civil suit to recover damages, including medical expenses and lost wages.

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