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Early diagnosis of brain injuries is crucial for recovery

Many people who are involved in bicycle and motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania sustain traumatic brain injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that accidents involving motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles are the most common cause of TBI. The CDC says that an estimated 1.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from a TBI each year.

Early diagnosis can help people with both mild and severe cases of TBI. Some of the symptoms to look out for when a person is suspected of having a TBI are blurry vision, dizziness, problems concentrating, confusion and irritability. People with mild TBIs may require rest and pain relievers while people with severe TBIs may need to be hospitalized. In all cases of TBI, monitoring is recommended to prevent secondary injuries and further brain damage.

A person who is diagnosed with a severe TBI may be prescribed anti-seizure drugs or diuretics. Some TBI patients are hospitalized and given multiple tests. Surgery, ongoing therapy and rehabilitative treatments may also be necessary during a patient's recovery from a TBI. If diagnosis of TBI is delayed, a patient's chances of recovering could be impeded.

In many cases, a person's brain injury was caused by another person's negligent or willful actions. If an accident victim wishes to pursue compensation for a TBI, there may be a statute of limitations to file a claim. An attorney may be able to represent an accident victim in a personal injury claim and help them to pursue compensation from the liable party within the statute of limitations.

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