The impact of a serious car accident may surpass the damage done to the vehicle and result in significant, life-altering injuries. If you or someone you love was severely injured as a result of someone else’s negligent actions, compensation may be available. 

Determining liability and the extent of damages suffered will require experienced legal counsel. Contact a Front Royal personal injury attorney immediately to discuss your case. 

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in a Car Accident 

The effects of a TBI can range from mild to severe. Recovery may be quick in some cases, but it may take weeks, months, or even years in others. Injuries to the brain can be difficult to detect and it may be a challenge to determine the extent of damage and how it will impact the individual’s life. 

The injury may simply require a few days of rest, although such injuries could lead to permanent disability, depending on severity of the injury. The symptoms of a TBI may vary greatly and may include any of the following: 

  • loss of consciousness (brief or prolonged);
  • concussion;
  • cognitive deficits;
  • sleep disturbances;
  • attention/focus difficulties;
  • headaches;
  • language/communication problems;
  • seizures;
  • changes in personality;
  • mood swings; and
  • coma. 


If a TBI cannot be detected early, family and friends may begin to notice sudden changes in the individual. If they see signs of forgetfulness, irritability, or difficulty performing basic tasks, it may require further evaluation. 

Not only may damage to the brain occur upon impact in a serious car accident, but changes may also occur over a period of time. This is what is known as a secondary brain injury. 

Receiving a thorough examination after an accident is vital in order to detect and treat a brain injury, and could impact the patient’s outcome. 

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