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Understanding TBIs in motor vehicle accidents

On Behalf of | May 4, 2022 | Brain Injury, Car Accidents

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a common injury sustained in car accidents in New Jersey. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to understand the steps that you should take afterward.

What are TBIs?

A TBI is typically caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” that is, a brief change in mental status or consciousness to “severe,” that is, an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury.

In motor vehicle accidents, TBIs often occur when a driver or passenger is:

  • not wearing a seatbelt and collides with another vehicle or object in the car
  • ejected from the vehicle
  • involved in a rollover accident

What are the most common symptoms of TBIs?

The most common symptoms of a mild TBI, or concussion, include:

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • blurred vision
  • nausea or vomiting

More severe symptoms may include:

  • seizures
  • loss of consciousness for more than 30 minutes
  • slurred speech

Yes. Severe TBIs can lead to death. This often happens when people sustaining a TBI also have other injuries, such as internal bleeding.

What should you do after experiencing a motor vehicle accident?

If you or someone you love has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Even if you do not believe that you have sustained a TBI, it is always better to err on the side of caution and get checked out by a doctor. If you do have a TBI, prompt medical treatment is essential for a successful recovery. Failing to receive proper treatment can result in long-term or even permanent effects.

After you have received the necessary medical treatment, you may be wondering how you will pay for your medical bills and other expenses related to the accident. If your TBI was caused by another person’s negligence, you may receive compensation. Therefore, you should report the accident to your insurance company and start gathering evidence to support your claim.