Not Just A Bump On The Head
By Zac Pingle, Staff Writer
Anyone who has suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), knows how debilitating and life altering it can be. However, not many people realize just how common these injuries are. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries are responsible for 275,000 hospitalizations and 52,000 deaths every year. A traumatic brain injury can result from any form of blunt or piercing impact to the head. The most common cause of a TBI is a car crash, but other accidents can cause a TBI including:
- Slip and falls
- Work accidents
- Sports (Football is a major source of traumatic brain injuries)
- Failed medical procedures
What are the Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Damaged brain tissue that is a result of a TBI can have a variety of burdening symptoms including:
- Impaired Speech
- Impaired mobility
- Memory loss
- Persisting headache
- Difficulty sleeping
- Convulsions and/or seizures
- Ringing ears
- Blurred vision
- Unexplainable mood changes
- Limb numbness
A TBI can also cause a coma, paralysis, and even death. TBI is a lifelong condition that can shorten life expectancy of a patient by many years.
What are My Options if I Have a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Unfortunately, treatments for a traumatic brain injury are very limited.
- The first step is to stabilize you after your head injury has been sustained, and is the most important step.
- You can then have brain surgery to help blood flow and prevent a secondary injury.
- Afterwards, rehabilitation is suggested as soon as possible in order for you to have the best possible chance for recovery.
Help is available if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury. A free consultation with a brain injury lawyer is available for people who have traumatic brain injuries. An experienced lawyer could help you receive compensation for your injury to cover your medical expenses and suffering.