What ARe Traumatic Brain Injuries?
You Could Be Entitled To Recovery Damages If Someone Is Responsible For Your TBI.
If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury, whether it’s from a car accident, construction accident, slip and fall or truck accident, you have to deal with its lasting effects – and those include medical bills, lost wages, expenses, and pain and suffering.
The good news: You could be entitled to financial compensation if your TBI was due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Trauma to your brain can cause permanent damage that affects the way your body functions. Your brain is surrounded by cerebral fluid, which provides a cushion and prevents it from hitting the inside of your skull – but in many accidents, the cerebral fluid isn’t enough.
When you hit your head, or when something else hits your head, you can suffer from a variety of brain injuries, including concussions.
There are other types of brain injuries, too. Many people suffer from what doctors call acquired brain injuries, which involve sources other than direct trauma. Being deprived of oxygen or exposed to toxic substances can result in acquired brain injuries.
Common Causes of Brain Injury
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
Not all TBI symptoms show up immediately – sometimes brain injury symptoms take days, weeks or months to appear.
Common symptoms of traumatic brain injury can include:
Changes In Taste
Change In Sleep Patterns
Sensitivity To Light Or Noise
Ringing In The Ears
Any time you suffer a blow to the head, you should suspect a brain injury – particularly if it involves an open wound to the head, loss of consciousness, or dilated pupils.
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Long-Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injuries can cause changes in the way your body functions, particularly in the areas of thinking, language, emotion and sensation. In some cases, TBI can cause epilepsy and other brain disorders, as well.
If you suspect you have a brain injury (even something you think is minor), it’s incredibly important to see a doctor immediately. Brain injuries can be life-threatening.
Minor brain injuries often require rest and some type of pain relief. More severe injuries require more intensive treatment, which can include emergency surgery to help minimize additional damage. Surgery can also help remove blood clots, repair skull fractures or relieve pressure.
After a brain injury, you may also need to work with:
- Occupational therapists
- Physical therapists
- Recreational therapists
- Social workers or case managers
- Speech and language pathologists
- TBI nurse-specialists
- Vocational counselors