Whether motorists are involved in a catastrophic collision or minor car accidents, they run the risk of receiving a brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries occur more often than some people may think. Every day in the United States, 153 people die from injuries involving traumatic brain damage, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, these injuries contribute to approximately 30 percent of all injury deaths in the country. Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries often go undiagnosed as a number of people are not aware of the signs and symptoms, and never receive medical attention.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association report that there are a wide-range of symptoms indicating a person suffers from brain damage. People who have a mild brain injury may experience consistent headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, weakness in the extremities, fatigue and trouble sleeping. Those who have moderate to severe brain damage, on the other hand, may be prone to seizures, loss of consciousness, behavioral changes, and difficulty remembering certain events. Severe brain damage may also lead to the following symptoms:
- Sensory deficiencies, such as a decline in vision and hearing.
- Trouble communicating and understanding language.
- Difficulty problem-solving, concentrating and making important decisions.
- Mood swings.
In some cases, the symptoms of brain trauma can result in long-term or permanent damage to those who are affected. People with brain damage may be unable to return to work or perform the same tasks they once did before they were injured. They may require continued medical attention, including physical therapy, rehabilitation, speech therapy, counseling and occupational therapy.