Accident victims may suffer long-term effects from injuries

People who have been involved in an auto accident may suffer from traumatic brain injuries that could have a major effect on their lives.

For many people who have been involved in a serious motor vehicle accident in Arizona, it is no surprise that collisions can cause significant physical and emotional trauma. In some cases, this trauma may be long-term or even permanent depending on the specific circumstances surrounding the incident. While catastrophic injuries, including spinal cord damage, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and loss of limbs, may be reserved for the most severe traffic accidents, this is not always the case. Studies show that even minor fender benders can lead to significant brain trauma, which may cause people to suffer from long-term cognitive difficulties.

Many studies have focused on severe brain trauma and how it affects peoples' lives. However, a study recently published in Neurology show that incidents of mild brain injuries can cause significant cognitive damage. Researchers used a form of magnetic resonance imaging, known as diffusion tensor imaging, to diagnose cases of minor brain trauma, according to Fox News. They then assessed their cognitive abilities and compared them to those of people who had no brain damage. Researchers found that people suffering with mild TBI scored 25 percent lower on these assessments, and some still showed damage one year after the incident occurred.

What causes traumatic brain damage?

The brain is composed of soft tissue, filled with delicate neurons and gray matter, which is protected by layers of membrane and a bony skull. People who experience a sudden jolt or hit their head against an object, may cause this soft tissue to smack into the bony skull. As a result, certain parts of the brain may become seriously bruised, and begin to bleed and swell. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the damage may be immediately noticeable or it could take several days to appear.

The effects of brain trauma

The exact location of the brain trauma will determine the effects of the brain damage. For example, bruising and bleeding in the language center of the brain may alter a person's ability to speak, write or understand language. Other key signs that a person is suffering from some type of brain damage include:

  • Severe and persistent headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Trouble concentrating or focusing
  • Fatigue
  • Tingling or weakness in the muscles
  • Ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth or changes in vision

Each case of TBI is unique, and it is crucial that people who are displaying these symptoms get medical attention as soon as possible.

Finding financial relief

People who have been injured in an accident may have trouble keeping up with their medical expenses, especially if they are unable to go to work because of their injuries. A personal injury attorney in Arizona may be able to help you explore your legal options when it comes to seeking compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering.