Not all vehicle accidents cause harm, but those that do often involve traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Suffering a TBI as a result of a car accident in Georgia can have serious consequences that can last for years.
How traumatic brain injuries occur
TBIs result when a blow to the head occurs. They can also occur through a penetrating injury, such as when a foreign object penetrates the skull. TBIs have three levels of severity. Concussions are considered mild TBIs and usually do not result in hospitalization. Moderate and severe TBIs require hospitalization and sometimes result in long-term rehabilitation. Motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common ways that patients suffer moderate or severe TBIs. The more severe the accident, the greater the chance that a victim can suffer a severe TBI due to high-speed impact.
TBIs affect how the brain works
Predicting the course of a TBI is difficult. Even milder ones such as concussions can lead to long-term problems as these injuries affect how the brain works. The most severe TBIs can lead to high and ongoing medical expenses as this type of injury often results in long-term disability. Severe TBIs in children can affect brain development and affect their overall quality of life. Less severe TBIs in adults can also be misdiagnosed, particularly if the injury occurred in a motor vehicle accident.
All TBIs require medical care
Even if the TBI is mild, it requires medical care. If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury resulting from a car accident in which the other driver was negligent, you may qualify for compensation. An experienced injury attorney can be of assistance in this regard.