A traumatic brain injury is a serious type of consequence that could be associated with a broad variety of vehicle accidents. Whether you are a driver, a passenger, a bicyclist or a pedestrian, it is important to get medical attention as soon as possible after the crash to ensure that you do not have a serious injury.
What is a TBI?
A traumatic brain injury can take many years to heal and might require advanced medical treatment. Brain injuries are still not fully understood by medical professionals but are actively being studied in order to identify ways to help people who suffer from these conditions.
There are three primary types of TBI injury; mild, moderate and severe. Mild TBIs are noted as a result of loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes. Loss is consciousness is not required in a person to sustain a mild TBI. Some tests might even show that the brain was not injured as a result of a mild TBI.
A more moderate TBI, however, is characterized by loss of consciousness that can last for up to several hours and confusion that impacts the affected person for a few weeks. Complications could even be permeant and can eb cognitive, behavioral or physical. A severe brain injury or TBI comes from penetration to the skull or a crushing blow to the skull or brain. It is very likely that the victim of severe TBI will not return to their life after the accident.
Many of these injuries are life threatening. Recovering from a TBI is often a long road. There will often be setbacks and challenges for a patient who has sustained a TBI but many people have been able to live meaningful and relatively full lives. The cost of treating a TBI is extensive and this is why it is important that you schedule a consultation with a San Francisco personal injury lawyer to discuss filing a claim.