Car accidents are a common occurrence throughout Massachusetts and across America. Though these wrecks can certainly cause significant property damage to an individual’s car, they can also cause serious injuries. Recovering from any type of injury can be difficult, causing pain and suffering, financial loss and missed work. But, some injuries can truly reshape an individual’s life. Massachusetts accident victims, who suffer a traumatic brain injury, are often left incapable of living the life they once had.

Traumatic brain injuries themselves have varying degrees of severity. However, all traumatic brain injuries are serious and require immediate treatment. Symptoms of a relatively minor brain injury include headache, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual and the presence of a state of confusion. An individual who suffers a minor brain injury may also experience blurred vision and sensitivity to light.

If a brain injury is more severe, then symptoms may be more apparent. Those who have suffered a severe traumatic brain injury may lose consciousness for minutes or even hours, convulse or seize, emit clear fluids from his or her ears or nose, lose coordination, experience weakness in extremities and vomit or feel nauseous for a significant period of time. A victim suffering from a severe traumatic brain injury may also have slurred speech, extreme confusion and unusual behavior.

An individual who experiences any of these symptoms after an accident should seek immediate medical attention. Tragically, those who suffer this type of harm also need long-term care, which can be quite expensive.

By filing a personal injury lawsuit against an individual who caused the harm, a victim may be able to recover the compensation needed to pay for the medical care and treatment necessary for an individual in his or her condition. Success on such a claim may also bring financial stability, allowing the victim to fully focus on his or her recovery.

Source: MayoClinic.org, “Traumatic brain injury,” accessed on Oct. 2, 2015