Individuals who are injured in car accidents in Philadelphia and in the surrounding Pennsylvania suburbs may have traumatic brain injuries that go undetected immediately after the accidents. This article will discuss why traumatic brain injuries may go undetected and what car accident victims need to be aware of to make sure they are properly treated after sustaining traumatic brain injuries.
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Other Serious Injuries Are Treated First
Victims of serious car, truck or motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania often sustain multiple injuries, many of which are orthopedic injuries, such as broken ribs, fractures in the legs, fractures in the arms and hands, etc. They may also sustain traumatic brain injuries. However, because the orthopedic injuries may be life threatening, they are treated first in the emergency room by the trauma unit. Sometimes, car accident victims are put in induced comas due to the multiple surgeries they will need.
After surgery, car accident victims will need rehabilitation services such as physical therapy or occupational therapy. All the while, car accident victims may have traumatic brain injuries, but have not been treated for them because their orthopedic injuries were treated first.
Further, many individuals who suffer mild or moderate traumatic brain injuries do not show many signs or obvious signs until they resume their daily routines. In the hospital, the car accident victim may have head aches and every so often have difficulty retrieving a word they want to say. However, they dismiss it and attribute these symptoms to stress.
Signs Of Traumatic Brain Injury Emerge After Discharge
When they are discharged from the hospitals, go back to their daily routines, i.e., being a mom or dad, performing housework, going back to work, etc., they notice more cognitive impairments.
For example, a PA car accident victim who is a school teacher may have difficulty concentrating at work or notice that she is having more frequent episodes of not able to retrieve a word she wants to say during class. She may also have short-term memory problems and cannot remember where she is going while walking on the street. When she goes home at the end of the school day, she finds that she is extremely exhausted. With each day that passes, her symptoms get worse and more severe. As a result, she cannot work anymore because she can't remember her lesson plans and has to take a leave of absence. She sees a doctor and is finally diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury.
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It is important for victims of serious car accidents in PA to know the signs of a mild traumatic brain injury; it is also important for their family members to know the signs as well. If cognitive impairments emerge a week or 2 weeks after discharge from the hospital, it is important to seek treatment right away. In addition, car accident victims who sustain traumatic brain injuries have the right to recover financial compensation from the at-fault drivers. 877.944.8396