Brain injuries can have life-long consequences. Not only can a brain injury affect almost every aspect of your life, it can even alter your personality. In addition, head and brain injuries can result in chronic pain, disability, and require extensive treatment.
After a brain injury, the brain simply cannot function as it did before. The nerves and neurons may not be able to deliver messages, leaving speech, body movements, and other mental processes compromised.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are the most common form of acquired brain injury. An estimated 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year in the United States. There are another 5.3 million Americans living with the life-long consequences of a TBI-related disability. There are many causes of traumatic brain injuries, however, the most common causes of traumatic brain injury are from an external blow to the head with some type of force. Some common causes of traumatic brain injuries involve:
- Being struck by or against an object
- Car crash/collision
- Truck crash/collision
- Motorcycle crash/collision
TBIs can be mild, moderate, or severe, which can be life-threatening and require long-term treatment. Mild TBIs tend to heal more quickly with the majority of symptoms subsiding within minutes, hours, or days. Moderate to severe TBIs are more serious and can have long-term effects on:
- Cognitive functions such as attention and memory
- Motor functions such as coordination and balance
- Sensory processing such as sight and hearing
- Emotion and personality changes. Depression, anxiety, anger, aggression and lack of impulse control may be among the effects of a traumatic brain injury.
- Concussion Symptoms
Approximately 75% of TBIs that occur each year are mild. Symptoms of mild TBIs (i.e. concussions) may include the following:
- Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or remembering new information
- Blurred vision
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Irritability, sadness, or anxiety
- Changes in sleep patterns
It is often readily apparent when someone has suffered a brain injury. However, sometimes the brain injury may appear initially mild, only to become more significant over time. This is why it is so important to seek legal help immediately. Often times, while the injury seems minor, people will accept small settlements from insurance companies.
If you or a loved one have experienced brain injuries because of another party’s negligent or reckless conduct, let us help. Our goal is to secure the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery. Contact us today.