What Are the Major Causes of A Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injuries are devastating, long-lasting traumas that occur when the head or body receives a violent blow or is jerked suddenly, causing serious damage to the brain and interrupting the flow of messages to other parts of the body.
The rough and jolting conditions that create a traumatic brain injury, or tbi, can occur in a number of situations, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle and bicycle accidents
- Slip-and-fall incidents
- Dog bite injuries
- Workplace accidents
Additionally, there are two types of traumatic head injuries: open and closed. “Open” traumatic injuries are when an object penetrated the skull and entered the brain itself, while “closed” traumatic brain injuries indicate the victim experienced a violent, but non-penetrating, blow to the head.
Symptoms Associated With Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can cause a wide variety of devastating physical, sensory, and cognitive or mental symptoms. Physical symptoms associated with traumatic brain injuries include:
- Loss of consciousness, ranging from a few seconds to several hours
- Disorientation or confusion (without a loss of consciousness)
- A persistent headache that grows increasingly worse
- Nausea and vomiting
- Drowsiness or fatigue
- Difficulty sleeping, sleeping more than usual or the inability to rouse from sleep
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Loss of coordination
- Dilation of the pupils
- Convulsions or seizures
- Numbness or weakness in the fingers and toes
- Clear fluids that drain from the nose or ears
Victims of a traumatic head injury may also experience sensory-related symptoms, such as sensitivity to light or sound, a ringing in the ears, blurred vision, changes in the ability to smell, and a bad taste in the mouth, as well as cognitive or mental symptoms, including:
- Memory problems
- Trouble concentrating
- Abrupt mood swings or changes
- Profound confusion
- Unusual behavior, including agitation or combativeness
- Slurred speech
Seeking immediate medical attention to assess a potential TBI after an accident is essential, particularly if you decide to pursue compensation for your brain injury.
Living With Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can also cause a range of long-lasting effects that can make it difficult to carry out day-to-day activities—including holding a job—and can seriously curtail a person's ability to live independently. While some of these effects may fade over time, other TBI symptoms may become permanent.
Long-term effects of a TBI (traumatic brain injury) can include:
- Physical impairments – Many of these impairments require the use of medical mobility aids, such as walkers, motorized scooters, or wheelchairs.
- Cognitive disabilities – These disabilities can impair attention, memory, and executive functioning.
- Communication issues – This includes difficulty speaking, writing, or hearing.
- Emotional trauma – Caused by the injury itself or exacerbated by new and frustrating life circumstances.
- Behavioral impairments – Causing the victim to behave in ways they wouldn't have, prior to the accident.
- Spasticity – The change in muscle movement and tone, as well as reflexes and sensation, may make it difficult to speak, eat, swallow, and eliminate waste.
- Seizures – Caused by electrical disturbances in the brain, seizures can occur immediately following a TBI or develop over time, causing strange body movements – including chewing or fumbling movements – as well as strange sounds, tastes, and images; inability to speak or comprehend speech; and sudden exhaustion or dizziness.
So many victims of traumatic brain injuries require special equipment and care when recovering from their accident. Such equipment and care can be quite expensive and the inability to afford the necessary special needs care is a driving force behind the decision of pursuing compensation for injuries.
Contact an Injury Lawyer Today
Learning to live with the loss from a traumatic brain injuries can be difficult. Steinberg Injury Lawyers' skilled legal team understands this and is dedicated to working diligently to ensure that you receive the financial award you need to have the best care—and the best chance of recovery—possible. Call 800-989-6385 to speak to one of our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers, and schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.