Have you recently been hurt in a serious accident? If so, you may be one of many accident victims struggling to figure out how to move one with your life after a serious wreck. While bike accidents and pedestrian accidents may have high rates of TBIs due to the exposed nature of victims in the crash, car wreck victims may also be exposed to serious risks for major head injuries like a TBI.

Along with the physical symptoms of the crash, accident victims may be exposed to a broad range of emotional issues, too. Combined with the physical pain and the often in-depth recovery required for accident victims, it can be challenging for those recovering from injuries to return to work or live a normal life as they did before. This is one of the reasons why the injured party may seek help from a personal injury lawyer. A San Diego legal claim could be the first step towards obtaining financial compensation for the injuries, but there’s frequently no way to make up for the many ways that a wreck can change a victim’s life.

Traumatic brain injuries are post-traumatic stress disorder may both impact accident victims. At face value, these conditions have a lot in common. Many of the symptoms for both are considered untreatable. However, there are different treatments for these two conditions, and being diagnosed properly is an important component of getting the treatment you need. Traumatic brain injuries are some of the most complex injuries that accident victims may cope with post-accident. They can range from mild all the way to severe and their impact on the victim’s life can be just as varied. Some of the most common symptoms experienced by those with TBIs include headaches, problems with communication, depression, disrupted sleep, increased substance abuse, irritability, and relationship difficulties.

A new study shows that all too often, the symptoms of TBIs mirror PTSD so much that a diagnostic mistake could lead a patient to believe that they have PTSD. It can be hard for a physician to separate out the physical and emotional repercussions for accident victims, therefore missing the all-important TBI diagnosis.

TBIs can be very expensive to treat and they require constant follow-up with doctors. If you believe that you may be suffering from a TBI after a car accident or bike accident, you may need to be proactive with your care and continue to explore potential issues. Some of the indicators that the problem goes deeper than PTSD are problems with organizational skills, sleep, concentration, and memory function. Are you experiencing these kinds of challenges but were previously only diagnosed with PTSD? It may be worth scheduling a follow-up appointment with your physician.