Many people in West Virginia and across the U.S. suffer a traumatic brain injury in the wake of a car accident. TBIs are the result of a severe shock or blow to the head. When mild, they do not lead to loss of consciousness but may lead to nausea and dizziness. When severe, they may result in skull fractures, a loss of consciousness and even a coma. Victims may suffer seizures and confusion.
After a car accident, those who suspect a TBI should consult a doctor first. Once diagnosed, they will likely have to undergo rehabilitation. This can include occupational therapy, acute inpatient care and more targeted medical interventions. In serious cases, victims may suffer a loss of independence and daily living skills, necessitating the use of supportive equipment like a walker or wheelchair. They may need to hire a home health aide or receive long-term inpatient care.
Those who lose their daily living skills may need to undergo as many as three to five hours of intensive physical therapy every day. This could cover bed and toilet transfers, feeding skills and communication skills, though the latter will require a speech-language pathologist. Those with minor TBIs can likely drive again, yet they will need to be treated for any vestibular issues as well as any visual disturbances that can affect balance. Psychological intervention may also be necessary.
Determining legal liability after a car wreck is also important for those who suffer a head injury. Victims might thus want to meet with an experienced attorney who can review the available evidence and pinpoint the party or parties who should be held financially responsible for the losses that have been incurred.