Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) have gained a lot of attention in recent years. There have been high-profile settlements involving former NFL players and college football players. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has concluded that 61,000 people die in the United States each year due to complications brought on by TBI.
What causes TBI?
The human brain floats in the cerebrospinal fluid contained in the skull cavity. If a person suffers a blunt blow to the head or if the head is violently jerked, the brain tissue comes in contact with the skull. It causes bleeding, inflammation or bruising that affects brain function. If injuries go untreated, the brain may expand, causing increased pressure and further damage. Unfortunately, diagnosis is no guarantee of full recovery.
Look for these symptoms
Family members, friends and others need to look for signs immediately after the initial injury and in the hours and days to follow:
- Severe injuries can involve seizures, convulsions, loss of coordination, sensory deficiency, slurred speech, and/or loss of consciousness.
- Milder injuries can involve vomiting and nausea, headaches, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, and/or confusion. There may be mood swings, changes in behavior and difficulty sleeping.
Seek treatment if symptoms appear
It is essential for those showing signs of a TBI, which can manifest over time, to get an evaluation from a medical professional trained in diagnosing and treating this illness. While TBI is commonly diagnosed in athletes, one can also injures one’s brain during a slip and fall, a motor vehicle collision or another significant trauma to the head.
The symptoms caused by TBI can leave victims unable to work or function normally. It can mean loss of income or a way of life. With so much at stake, families of victims injured due to someone else’s negligence may want to seek guidance from an attorney who handles these types of injury cases.