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Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

Injuries to the head can be devastating. A head or brain injury victim’s life can change dramatically, and his or her family members are often left overwhelmed by the amount and cost of care needed to assist their loved one. Years of physical therapy, loss of earnings and emotional trauma due to the injury can affect everyone.

How do brain injuries occur?

Every year millions of people suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI). There are two types of TBI: penetrating injuries and closed head injuries. TBI can result after a car wreck, a fall or any other serious accident involving impact to the head.

Professional and student athletes such as football players may also develop TBI, particularly from repeated trauma, such as concussions. Because they sustain so many collisions and tackles as their brains are still developing, high school football players are at risk of serious brain injury. In fact, the long term effects of constant head jolts and collisions have become a serious concern in the entire athletic world.

TBI symptoms

Following a head injury, stay alert for the following symptoms that could indicate a more serious TBI:

  • Blurry vision
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Light and sound sensitivity
  • Loss of balance
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Ringing ears
  • Headache
  • Memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Agitation

 

  • Unusual behavior
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Mood changes or swings
  • Slurred speech
  • Dilation of pupils
  • Weakness
  • Clear fluid draining from ears or nose
  • Problems communication
  • Numbness in fingers or toes
  • Inability to focus or pay attention

 

It is important to note that a TBI may not manifest symptoms until days or weeks after an impact. After any type of head injury, seek immediate medical attention to determine the effects of the accident and to establish records in the event that you decide to file an injury lawsuit.

Reach out to Charleston personal injury lawyers for help filing a claim. By securing representation, you put yourself in the best position possible to recover rightful compensation for brain or head injuries. 

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