Dealing with a brain injury

With the increased amount of traffic on roadways in West Virginia and across the country, bicyclists and motorcyclists face greater dangers of being hit by a vehicle and suffering a head injury. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.5 million people around the country become victims of a traumatic brain injury each year, and most of these victims were involved in a motorcycle, bicycle or motor vehicle accident.

TBI symptoms include blackouts, irritability, fainting, trouble concentrating, dizziness, confusion, blurry vision and amnesia. It is a good idea for those who suffer a head injury from a car, motorcycle or bicycle crash to seek medical attention if they are experiencing these symptoms.

In a large amount of TBI cases, victims suffer with a long-term disability that affects the way they live. Therefore, it is important that people who have recently experienced a TBI seek early diagnosis, even in mild forms of TBI. In fact, correctly diagnosing mild forms of TBI can be difficult because of the broad variety of symptoms its patients often experience. However, whether the TBI is severe or mild, it is essential that patients obtain a diagnosis as soon as possible so they can get the treatment they need to recover. Early diagnosis and treatment could prevent secondary injuries.

Mild cases of TBI may require the patient to be monitored, take pain relievers and get plenty of rest following the diagnosis, according to the Mayo Clinic. Severe TBI cases may require the patient to be hospitalized and undergo surgery, followed by rehabilitation or therapy.

A traumatic brain injury could lead to long-term disabilities. When it has been incurred in an accident caused by the negligence of another motorist, an injured victim may want to have an attorney's representation when seeking compensation for out-of-pocket medical expenses and other losses.

Source: Emax Health, "How to handle a traumatic brain injury after a bicycle or motorcycle accident", Lana Bandoim, Oct. 26, 2016

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