Massachusetts residents may be hearing a lot about brain injuries in the context of professional sports and particularly related to the problems some retired football players have experienced. After years of taking violent hits and blocks to their heads, some former players have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, often referred to as CTE. This problem develops when a brain is subjected to repeated trauma and harm.
However, it does not take multiple injuries to a person’s brain for serious and sometimes life-threatening harm to occur. In fact, the victim of a Worcester car accident may endure a serious brain injury, known as traumatic brain injury, if they hit their head in the crash. Traumatic brain injuries can have a range of symptoms from mild to severe.
Mild symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, trouble concentrating, sleep problems, and many others. As symptoms become more severe, victims of traumatic brain injuries can suffer from seizures, weakness, fluid drainage from the brain through the nose and ears, severe pain, and others. It is important that car accident victims get medical help after their crashes, so that they can be assessed for signs of traumatic brain injuries.
The problems from a traumatic brain injury can linger for a long time after an accident. Treatment will depend upon the severity of the injury, and the costs associated with such treatment may be significant. Fighting for one’s recovery after an automobile crash may be a necessary component to paying for their accident-related medical care, and personal injury attorneys are available to support car accident victims who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.