New Jersey residents who suffer any type of impact to the head are susceptible to developing a traumatic brain injury. Although traumatic brain injuries are often associated with automobile accidents or contact sports, a good number of them also result from motorcycle or bicycle accidents, leaving people with major disabilities that can sometimes affect their ability to live life normally again.
Despite being labeled as ‘traumatic”, mild cases of TBI require only conservative treatments such as rest and taking pain relievers. In more severe cases, individuals will require hospitalization and more extensive medications to prevent seizures. Surgery in addition to long-term rehabilitative care could even be necessary for the most severe instances of TBI.
Traumatic brain injuries can quickly go from mild to severe whenever an individual does not receive treatment in a timely manner. That’s because free radicals in the brain form after a TBI, and can result in further damage. When a traumatic brain injury is diagnosed early on, doctors can often stop its progress right in its tracks so that symptoms do not become any worse than they need to be. As such, individuals who are involved in a bicycle or motorcycle accident should seek treatment, even if they believe their injuries are rather minor.
Those with a more severe brain injury might be saddled with high medical bills and be unable to return to work for prolonged periods, losing wages as a result. When the accident was caused by the negligence of another party, an injured victim might want to meet with a personal injury attorney to determine the best way to seek compensation for those and other losses.