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Can car accidents lead to a traumatic brain injury?

On Behalf of | Mar 3, 2024 | Personal Injury

Being the victim of a motor vehicle accident in Mississippi can be devastating. Worse yet is when an accident leads to a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

TBI statistics

Every year, an estimated 1.4 million people in the USA experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI), often caused by a jolt or blow to the head. TBIs can significantly impair brain function, ranging from mild forms like concussions to severe cases resulting in disability or death. Millions of Americans are currently disabled due to TBIs, with motor vehicle accidents being one of the leading causes of these injuries.

TBIs and car accidents

TBIs often occur during motor vehicle accidents when the driver or passengers experience a sudden jolt to the head due to a crash. This can happen in truck accidents, motorcycle accidents or collisions involving bicyclists or pedestrians.

Symptoms of a TBI may not be immediately apparent after the accident, as the focus is typically on addressing physical injuries. In many cases, TBI symptoms may not manifest until hours or even days later.

TBI symptoms

Symptoms of a TBI can include seizures, memory problems, anxiety, and depression. Those affected may also experience concentration difficulties, insomnia, blurred vision, loss of balance, and sleep disturbances. In severe cases, brain swelling may necessitate hospitalization, surgical interventions, and medication.

How TBIs affect people

TBIs can be life-altering, with sudden changes to motor skills or cognitive abilities often leading to significant emotional impact. Victims may face expensive medical bills, long-term care costs, loss of income, and quality of life issues. In Mississippi, statutes of limitations on accident claims mean that individuals with TBIs risk losing their ability to recover monetary damages related to the accident if they don’t seek compensation within the specified timeframe.

Protect yourself and your loved ones

If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, it’s crucial to explore avenues for obtaining compensation for your injuries. By doing so, you can take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from the financial consequences of a TBI.