Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can result from any event that severely jars or impacts the brain, including something as seemingly simple as a sports injury or something more serious like a car crash. Depending on the severity of the injury and what part of the brain is affected, symptoms may recede quickly or last for years – possibly even a lifetime.
Types & Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are varying degrees of traumatic brain injury and each has its own set of symptoms. Any of these symptoms are indicative of immediate emergency care, as any type of injury to the brain can be serious.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
A “mild” TBI (mTBI) may or may not involve loss of consciousness, so do not discount the injury if someone does not pass out. Symptoms of an mTBI include headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, speech slurring, and dizziness.
The senses can be heightened, as well, causing sensitivity to light, blurring of vision, ringing in the ears, and strange smells or tastes. Other signs to look for include memory or concentration problems, personality changes, and sleeping more than usual.
Moderate & Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
These more serious injuries do involve loss of consciousness and can vary in length of time. They can include all the same symptoms of a minor TBI but also may show signs of persistent headache, convulsions, seizures, dilated pupils, drainage from nose or ears, numbness in extremities, or inability to wake from sleep.
Long-Term Effects of Moderate To Severe TBI
A diagnosis of any brain injury is frightening but the more severe cases that involve long-term or even lifelong symptoms can be horrifying. They can completely alter the course of a life and impede careers, personal relationships, goals, and of course daily life.
If you or a loved one have experienced a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury and are experiencing memory loss or memory problems, ongoing headaches, limited mobility, and have a limited earning capacity due to your injury, it is recommended that you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Brain damage from a car accident or any other type of event causes pain and suffering and entitles you to traumatic brain injury compensation. Call Van Wey, Metzler & Williams today for your free consultation.