The human brain is miraculous. It processes information and sends multiple messages to the body at lightning-fast speeds. Unfortunately, it is vulnerable to permanent damage despite its resiliency and power.
Traumatic brain injuries occur for many reasons, such as slips and falls, sports activities and auto collisions. If you recently hit your head in an accident, you could be more seriously injured than you thought, as the information below reveals.
You might not lose consciousness
Most folks believe a bump on the head with no loss of consciousness means the injury is minor. On the contrary, brain injuries—minor or catastrophic—are not always accompanied by loss of consciousness. That’s why accident victims always need a medical assessment.
You could develop a seizure disorder
Many brain injury patients have a seizure immediately following the injury. Other times, it may take months or years for seizures to occur, if they do at all. The more severe the injury, the greater the odds of developing a reoccurring seizure disorder. If plagued by seizures, you may need extra medical care.
You might suffer a visual impairment
Research by optometry professionals indicates that approximately 90% of traumatic brain injuries lead to visual problems. Examples include:
- Double vision
- Light sensitivity
- Eye strain headaches
- Peripheral vision impairment
- Problems with eye movements
If your injury impairs your vision, you may need to add an optometrist to your care team, increasing the overall costs of your accident trauma.
When an auto accident, a slip and fall or any other mishap leaves you with brain injuries, explore all possible sources of compensation. Increasing your knowledge of Virginia accident and injury compensation laws can also ensure you get everything you deserve.