If a loved one suffers a traumatic brain injury, such as in a motor vehicle accident, you are left to make a variety of important decisions on his or her behalf.
It's important that you work closely with the person's medical team as to understand what happened, what the future holds, and what types of treatment options are available.
You should also become familiar with the most serious symptoms of traumatic brain injury. These include but are not limited to:
- Seizures and convulsions
- Repeated vomiting
- Fluid draining from the ears or nose
- Loss or coordination
- Weakness or numbness in the toes and fingers
- Slurred speech
- Personality change
As you can see, some of these symptoms come into play immediately following an accident. Others, such as slipping into a coma, can be more of a long-term challenge.
In the most serious of situations, there are times when a traumatic brain injury leads to a person's death. There is no way of knowing if this will happen, but it's something that you need to be aware of. This is among the most serious type of injury a person can suffer, so there is always the possibility it could lead to his or her passing.
By staying in touch with your loved one's doctor, you can better understand his or her progress and the potential for something worse to happen in the future.
You may also want to learn more about the accident that caused the person's injury, as the negligent party could be held responsible. This could result in your filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Source: Mayo Clinic, "Symptoms," accessed July 21, 2017