Accidents resulting in head trauma can lead to a much more severe injury called a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The signs of TBI can be overlooked following a serious accident, only to find out about it when it’s too late. TBI can affect the victim in a major way and can change his or her life.
Brain injuries are categorized into two: mild and severe. A traumatic brain injury is considered mild if the loss of consciousness does not exceed 30 minutes. They may have problems with coordination, changes in mood, nausea, and sensory issues for a year or more but will eventually regain a full quality of life.
On the other hand, it is a serious TBI if the loss of consciousness reaches an hour or more. Signs of a serious TBI include irritability, clear fluid discharge from the ears, nose, or ears, depression, and habitual instances of nausea or vomiting.
Signs of TBI may not surface right away. It is best to consult a doctor following an accident where there is a head trauma. If the TBI was caused by the accident, then damages can be recovered if there is evidence of negligence of another party. Brain injuries are more difficult to detect compared to other injuries so it is best to have as much evidence as possible to help in the case.