People who are in serious crashes might suffer from severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). These are more than just concussions. They are injuries that might lead to lifelong issues that can cause a person to have considerable medical bills and other financial impacts.
There are around 5.3 million people in this country who are living with a disability caused by a traumatic brain injury. The effects of them can include emotional, motor function, cognitive function and sensation defects that infiltrate every aspect of life.
In the case of severe TBIs, there is likely to be a period of unconsciousness that occurs after the injury. These cases are often evaluated using the Glasgow Coma Scale, which helps doctors determine the extent of the problem.
The GCS looks at a few of the more common impacts of a severe TBI and scores them on a scale of 0 to 15. The scores of the various areas are added together for a comprehensive score. Higher points mean a less serious injury. Scores from 13 to 15 are mild TBIs, from nine to 12 are moderate TBIs and from three to eight are severe TBIs.
Patients who have suffered a head injury in a crash shouldn’t underestimate the severity of a possible brain injury. It is possible that the full extent of the damage might not be realized for days or weeks after the accident. For this reason, you should always pay attention for signs of a brain injury in the days after a crash even if you don’t lose consciousness. Any signs that point that a TBI should be discussed with a doctor.
If you do suffer a serious injury, you might choose to seek compensation for the damages. This is done through the civil court system.