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Did your car accident cause traumatic brain injury?

Car crashes often result in serious injuries, and in fact, they play a leading role in causing traumatic brain injuries, which can present through a variety of symptoms, and can have many long-term consequences. Because the brain is so complicated, damage to any area can cause a range of impairment in various functions.

Wisconsin law has some important deadlines for filing a personal injury case, so it is wise to begin discussions with your attorney as soon as possible after the accident.

Severe TBI

Severe TBI typically results in a prolonged loss of consciousness at the accident scene and noticeable memory impairment. Many of those who sustain severe TBI experience high levels of impairment in speech, memory, cognition or movement. Some end up paralyzed or in a coma.

Less obvious symptoms

Moderate TBI can result in less conspicuous symptoms which can make it harder to identify at first. The period of unconsciousness lasts less than 30 minutes and can be so brief an accident victim may not realize it ever took place. Many feel their state of disorientation, confusion or shakiness stems from the shock of the crash.

Medical personnel may not immediately identify moderate TBI either, especially if you do not have a visible headwound. However, just because they let you go home instead of admitting you to the hospital does not mean you have nothing to worry about.

Signs to watch for

In the weeks or months following your accident, you may begin experiencing some physical and emotional changes. Pay careful attention and see a health professional if you develop headaches, nausea, memory loss, confusion, irritability, mood swings, vertigo, fatigue or problems with moving your limbs. Be sure to let your doctor know about the car accident so he or she has the full picture. While these symptoms, with no further context, are often minor, they can also signal TBI.


The extent of recovery can vary, and for some people this can be a lifelong process. Various treatments can mitigate the effects of TBI. You may need surgery to relieve pressure from any hemorrhaging that occurs. You may also need speech, cognitive or physical therapy. Some people need long-term care. 

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