Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a complex injury with a myriad of symptoms and disabilities, and the impact on the injured person and his or her family can be devastating. Brain injuries from car accidents can result from a direct blow to the head, or severe whiplash without direct impact. Resulting injuries often include a cerebral contusion, concussion, diffuse axonal injury, or other traumatic brain injury. With any of these types of injuries, early intervention can significantly increase chance of a better recovery.
The symptoms of a moderate to severe brain injury can include cognitive impairment (such as memory), attention-deficit issues, and serious behavioral problems, such as psychosis, depression, muscle movement disorders, and hostility. Treatment for these types of injuries is often difficult and cost prohibitive. Though many clients only see marginal brain improvement, an accurate diagnosis and quick treatment is critical.
While not every injury can be visible on standard tests, tools such as an MRI, PET scan or CAT scan will be used to get a clearer picture of the long-term prognosis. With a cerebral contusion, for instance, the swelling, pressure, and bruises may be located deep within the brain. As the cerebral contusion interrupts the communication between your brain and the rest of your body, symptoms ranging from headaches to slurred speech to emotional problems may last a lifetime.
Because of our long history litigating complex accidents, we have worked with brain injuries across the spectrum. We know that every brain injury is unique and includes a wide variety of symptoms and a large window of time in which the injuries may fully develop. Patients with a moderate or severe TBI should commence a rehabilitative program including occupational, physical and speech therapy.