What is Traumatic Brain Injury?

According to the Mayo Clinic, traumatic brain injury (“TBI”) usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body.  Traumatic brain injury can also be caused by an object that goes through brain tissue, such as a bullet.  Mild traumatic brain injury may affect one’s brain cells temporarily while more-serious traumatic brain injury can result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding, and other physical damage to the brain.  These injuries can be fatal and can also result in long-term complications.

A TBI is sometimes referred to as an “invisible” injury.  While sometimes there may be physical or behavioral manifestations, it is generally an injury that is not readily evident to others.  The signs and symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury may include: headache, nausea or vomiting, fatigue or drowsiness, problems with speech, dizziness or loss of balance, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, a bad taste in the mouth, changes in ability to smell, sensitivity to light or sound, loss of consciousness, being dazed, confused, or disoriented, memory or concentration problems, mood changes or mood swings, feeling depressed or anxious, difficulty sleeping, and changes in one’s regular sleep patterns.

The signs and symptoms of moderate to severe traumatic brain injury can include the aforementioned symptoms as well as: loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours, persistent headaches or headaches that worsen, repeated vomiting or nausea, dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes, clear fluids draining from the nose or ears, inability to awaken from sleep, weakness or numbness in fingers and toes, loss of coordination, profound confusion, agitation, combativeness, or other unusual behavior, slurred speech, and coma or other disorders of consciousness.

It is also important to stress that children and infants can also suffer from TBI.  If a child is too young or unable to communicate their symptoms, you may notice: changes in eating or nursing habits, unusual or easy irritability, persistent crying and inability to be consoled, change in ability to pay attention, change in sleep habits, seizures, sad or depressed mood, drowsiness, and loss of interest in favorite toys or activities.

Whether you are suffering from some form of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or other injuries, it is important that your personal injury attorney recognizes what you are suffering from and going through.  If you have been injured in California or Nevada, do not hesitate to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can understand your injuries and fight to get you the compensation that you deserve.

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