Symptoms from a TBI can continue for months.
Brain injuries are a common injury suffered by victims of many types of accidents, including car crashes. A recent study showed that people who suffer from one type of brain injury, mild traumatic brain injury, or TBI, have better outcomes if they receive follow up care.
The UPFRONT study examined 1,151 cases of mild traumatic brain injury at European hospitals and trauma centers between 2013 and 2015. The study found that approximately 30% of patients who experienced mild TBIs have unfavorable outcomes six months after their original injury. Out of these 1,151 cases, 60% of the patients were admitted to the hospital, with 48% of those admitted being hospitalized for just one day. The patients who had been hospitalized were typically more severely injured than those who were not hospitalized, and had different care guidelines. For example, hospital patients were recommended to receive follow up care by their doctors, while patients who were released from the trauma center were typically only told to get follow-up care if they continued to experience symptoms.
According to the study, patients with mild TBI had an average of five symptoms after their injury, regardless of whether or not they were hospitalized. Six months after they suffered the injury, 46% of the non-hospitalized patients reported at least one post-injury complaint or symptom, while 61% of hospitalized patients reported at least one post-injury symptom. Patients tended to follow up on their complaints with specialists such as neurologists, psychiatrists, or psychologists. The researchers concluded that even for mild traumatic brain injuries, follow up care is extremely important and can have a major impact on the ultimate recovery for a patient who has suffered a TBI.
Any time that a person suffers a brain injury — even a relatively mild one — that person could experience symptoms for days, weeks, or even months afterward. A TBI could be caused by a car, truck, pedestrian, or bike accident; slip or fall; or another type of accident. Symptoms could range from behavioral changes, headaches, confusion, dizziness, loss of mobility, and even loss of cognitive function (such as confusion). A person who has suffered a brain injury in a car accident or another type of accident could seek compensation for damages which may include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. An experienced personal injury attorney can help if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury and want to file a claim to recover monetary compensation for the losses that you have suffered.
The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker represents victims of all types of accidents. Our seasoned personal injury attorneys will work with you to make sure that you get the best possible recovery for your losses. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation at 800-333-0000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We never charge a fee unless we recover money for you.