She glanced up at the rearview mirror and noticed a car behind hers. She looked ahead and saw that traffic had stopped on the highway, as it often did. She slowed, too, but the car behind hers did not. It slammed into the rear of her vehicle at 45 mph.
Doctors initially diagnosed her with bumps, bruises and a mild concussion. No big deal, they said, you will soon be back to normal with a bit of rest. Days of blinding headaches and fatigue stretched into weeks and then months. Eventually she found a neurologist who said she had suffered traumatic brain injury and began the process of helping her to get her life back.
Though the businesswoman featured in a recent news article does not live here in Fort Lauderdale, her story is one familiar to other people who have sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Because TBI is internal and has a variety of symptoms, it can sometimes go undiagnosed.
"It's not like a broken bone," the Napa Valley woman said. "There's no outward sign of the condition and so people just see you and think, 'Well, you look fine, so things are OK.' But they're not. Not at all."
According to the Napa Valley Register article, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes says traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in young adults and children in the U.S.
When TBI is caused by someone else's recklessness or negligence, you and your family can, with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, pursue compensation for damages.