When a Georgia Accident Results in Traumatic Brain Injury (Part A)

One of the most serious injuries that can result from a car accident is traumatic brain injury (TBI). This can happen when an accident victim suffers a sudden impact to the head, or when an object pierces a victim's skull and enters the brain tissue.

Some of the typical symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include:

  • headaches;
  • confusion;
  • lightheadedness;
  • blurred vision;
  • ringing in the ears; and
  • fatigue and lethargy. 

A traumatic brain injury can also cause vomiting, seizures, a loss of coordination and agitation. If you or loved one has been injured in a car accident in Georgia, and you notice symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, you should seek immediate medical attention. Afterward, you should talk with a Clayton County personal injury lawyer about your options for compensation through a personal injury claim.

Treatment for a Traumatic Brain Injury

Unfortunately, when someone suffers from a traumatic brain injury, some of the initial damage to the brain may be irreversible. With proper medical attention, a physician may be able to prevent further damage to the brain.

Immediate treatments include:

  • administering oxygen (so that the body and the brain get an adequate supply); and
  • maintaining the victim's blood flow. 

By taking these steps, a physician can prevent a traumatic brain injury from becoming significantly worse. Once these steps have been taken, an imaging test will help determine the extent of the victim's injuries. If the injuries are not severe, this test may include a simple X-ray of the victim's head. If the injuries are severe, a CAT scan may be necessary.

Besides the initial medical attention, a traumatic brain injury victim may need years of physical therapy. These medical procedures can be expensive and leave a victim with medical bills that they simply cannot pay. With the help of a Clayton County personal injury lawyer, a victim may be able to claim compensation for these expenses.

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