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A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain that can have physical and psychological symptoms for the patient. Any time the head suffers an impact, a TBI can occur. Types of accidents that can result in a TBI for the victim include car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and animal attacks.
A TBI can have long-term, even permanent, effects on the patient. If you are involved in an accident, you are advised to seek medical attention as soon as possible to receive diagnoses for any injuries you sustained. Do this even if you feel you were not injured – certain types of injury, such as a TBI, do not have immediate visible symptoms. It could be days, weeks, or months before you experience the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury. During your medical examination after the accident, tell your doctor about the trauma to your head so they can order the necessary testing.
In a recent study published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, Peter J. Bergold, PhD, professor of physiology and pharmacology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center discussed a new test that can potentially aid in the early diagnosis of traumatic brain injuries. The test gauges the patient’s peripheral vision reaction time to identify mild traumatic brain injury.
Early diagnosis of a condition means the patient can receive treatment sooner, enabling them to manage the injury better and potentially avoid the long-term symptoms of a traumatic brain injury. Currently, many concussion victims never recover completely from their injuries. They often experience headaches, dizziness, sensitivity to noise and bright lights, and irritability in the months and years that follow their injuries.
For less severe traumatic brain injuries, treatment includes rest, icing the area of impact, and a reduction of stimulations that can be overwhelming, like housework or professional work. For more severe injuries, surgery may be necessary. With any TBI, the patient should be monitored and remain in contact with their doctor.
Prompt treatment allows the patient’s doctor to recognize symptoms and treat them accordingly. Often, the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury are subtle and in some cases, not easy for an individual who is unfamiliar with TBIs to recognize. After the initial trauma, the patient’s brain can continue to suffer damage, causing them to suffer worsening symptoms as they go without treatment.
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, consider working with an experienced Cherry Hill personal injury lawyer to pursue compensation for your damages. To learn more, fill out our online form or call Folkman Law Offices, P.C. at 856-354-9444 to set up your initial consultation with our Cherry Hill personal injury lawyers. We are located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and work with clients from throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including those in Camden County, South Jersey, King of Prussia, and Philadelphia.