According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.7 million cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) occur each year. The CDC reports that 75 percent of these are concussions or other forms of mild TBI, but 30.5 percent of all TBIs still result in death.
The most common cause of TBI is auto accidents, but it can be caused by any accident in which the head sustains even minor trauma.
The first signs of TBI are often identified on the scene of an accident. These include irregular pupil dilation, a loss of consciousness, clear fluids draining from the nose and/or ears, significant confusion, and an inability to control muscles. These symptoms generally result in immediate hospitalization and emergency intervention. However, not all victims of TBI will have these symptoms and many won’t have any symptoms at all for weeks or even months following their accident.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with TBI in the Little Rock, Arkansas area, please call 877-638-6226 to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys.
Identifying TBI after an Accident
Following any accident in which the head sustains a blow, it is best to see a doctor for a thorough examination. This is true even when you are cleared by EMTs on the scene of an accident.
Symptoms of TBI that may occur long after your accident include:
- Changes in behavior
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Cognitive difficulties
- Vision changes
- Sudden loss of bowel or bladder control
- Muscle spasms
- Speech difficulties
- Unusually erratic or dangerous actions
- Poor judgment
As is now being evidenced by the countless lawsuits against the NFL for long-term damage caused by TBI, these symptoms may take years to fully manifest. To help avoid these and other unforeseen consequences, it is best to seek medical assistance after any accident, regardless of how you feel at the time.
Our experienced Little Rock brain injury lawyers are here to help victims of accidents get the full compensation they deserve. Please contact the Duncan Firm online or call 877-638-6226 today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your rights.