Car crashes can change lives in the blink of an eye. The more massive the blow, the more uncertainty victims and their families could face. In some cases, a car crash may result in a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). While not all TBIs are fatal, there are some, if left untreated, could result in permanent damages.
One TBI that can be severe is a Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI).
What causes DAIs?
DAIs typically occur when the brain’s fiber tissues, called axons, snap off. This can cause the brain to accelerate and decelerate inside the skull. Car crash victims could get a DAI depending on the speed and force of the vehicles in the collision. Even if airbags deploy, the trauma from the crash could result in a DAI.
What symptoms should I look out for?
Crash victims may not be able to recognize their own injuries. According to Healthline, if victims’ loved ones notice any of these red flags, they could be a cause for concern:
- Loss of consciousness (this is the most common)
- Consistent disorientation or confusion
- Nausea or vomiting
- Frequent and intense headaches
- Troubles falling asleep or sleeping too long
- Loss of balance
- Consistent drowsiness or fatigue
These symptoms can vary. And while they share similar characteristics to other types of TBIs, victims should seek medical attention immediately. In some cases, a DAI could leave victims in a coma and may be hard to track through an MRI or CT scan.
Hardship can extend beyond victims
TBIs aren’t just devastating for victims. It can be hard on their families as well, especially if they’re the primary breadwinner. With a DAI, victims may be out of work for prolonged periods, leaving them and their loved ones with less income and expensive medical care. Luckily, a trusted legal partner can help victims and their families get the compensation they deserve.