According to Mayo Clinic, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) results from a blow or jolt to the head or body. The common causes of traumatic brain injuries include car accidents, sports injuries, combat injuries, and violence. Additionally, if an object penetrates the skull, this can also cause a TBI.
TBIs range in severity, and someone can easily pass away if their TBI is severe enough. It is important to seek medical attention immediately after an accident, even if your symptoms are minor. Sometimes, it can take days or weeks for the symptoms of a TBI to appear. Due to the fact that long-term complications can arise from this type of injury, the victim of an accident may require ongoing treatment and therapy.
Symptoms of TBIs
Part of what makes TBIs so dangerous is the fact that symptoms can vary and be delayed. Some people lose consciousness after suffering a TBI, while others only experience mild headaches.
Mild TBIs can present the following symptoms:
- A mild headache
- Confusion or disorientation
- Sleep issues
- A ringing in the ears
- Blurred vision
- Experiencing a bad taste in the mouth
- Changes in mood or behavior
- Cognitive and memory issues, such as difficulty concentrating
A more severe TBI may be signaled by:
- A worsening, persistent headache
- Dilated pupils
- Restlessness or agitation
- Numbness in the extremities
- Speech issues
- Convulsions or seizures
- Issues with waking up
If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms after suffering a blow to the head, you should seek a medical assessment immediately. TBIs can cause brain bleeds, and the longer you wait to get medical attention, the worse your condition can become.
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Treatments for TBIs
Treating a TBI, whether mild or severe, can involve extensive medical procedures.
Some of the measures that your doctor may use to address your condition include:
- Surgery. This is often done to relieve the pressure on the brain caused by hemorrhages or to remove a blood clot or other tissue damage.
- Medication. This is often prescribed to treat the complications that can arise from TBIs, such as depression, blood clots, and muscle spasms.
- Rehabilitation. A variety of therapies may be needed to restore mobility in certain parts of the body. This may include physical therapy, cognitive therapy, psychological therapy, and speech therapy.
Needless to say, these interventions can be costly and extend well into a victim’s future.
Hold a Negligent Party Accountable for Your TBI
TBIs are serious injuries that can cause a variety of economic and non-economic losses for a victim. If a TBI leaves a person temporarily or permanently disabled, they may not be able to return to work or work in the same capacity as they did before the injury occurred. This can result in a reduction of earning capacity, along with costly medical bills to treat the injury.
Furthermore, the pain and suffering associated with TBIs can be devastating. No one deserves to suffer losses due to someone else’s negligence. If the injured party can prove liability, they may be able to pursue compensation from the negligent party’s insurance carrier. The injured claimant may also have the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party.
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Count on Bressman Law to Handle Your Personal Injury Case
Bressman Law handles a variety of personal injury cases, including motor vehicle accidents. We advocate for victims of negligence, and we have been serving personal injury clients for more than 30 years.
After suffering a TBI, you should not have to take on the extra burden of muddling through the legal process alone. Regardless of what caused your traumatic brain injury, you have a right to seek legal representation, and we want our traumatic brain injury lawyers to help you with your case.
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