One of the most dangerous injuries a person can sustain in a car accident is a traumatic brain injury. In 2014, 2,327 people in Ohio lost their lives as a result of TBI or TBI in conjunction with other complications.
Traumatic brain injuries do not always result in death, but they can lead to serious health problems that follow a person for the rest of his or her life. This is why you need to see a doctor and begin treatment immediately for any injury after an auto accident. A doctor will not only look at the physical symptoms, but also the emotional and psychological impact.
Depression, anger and anxiety
Due to the physical changes of the brain following an extreme impact, many people suffer from emotional problems following a car crash. Many people develop depression and/or anxiety when they did not previously have those conditions. Others develop a form of PTSD where they cannot get inside a car due to the trauma previously experienced.
Lost quality of life
Some people find that a traumatic brain injury is too severe, rendering them unable to go back to work. TBI also impacts a person’s behavioral functions, which can negatively affect interpersonal relationships. Loss of cognitive function is also common, and some people may not be able to speak, write or organize their thoughts as well as they used to.
Pain and suffering
TBI is only the beginning. It can lead to chronic headaches over time, causing the sufferer to be in a great deal of pain. The headaches typically come with dizziness and nausea. While it can be hard to quantify these health problems, you can bring them up in court to receive damages related to pain and suffering. It is paramount to receive a medical check-up, so you know the full extent of your medical problems.