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A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can severely impact a victim’s life. Simple things that were taken for granted before an accident are suddenly missed, and a person suffering may find it hard to overcome the neurological and physical ailments that accompany this type of personal injury. In addition to the mental and physical issues, victims and their families can expect long hospital stays and numerous rehab appointments that will severely affect their finances.
Knowing where to go next when you or a loved one suffers a traumatic brain injury can be difficult. The attorneys at Schiffman Firm have over 100 years of combined legal experience in helping accident victims receive the compensation they deserve.
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Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries, or TBI
What is a traumatic brain injury?
Objects that penetrate the skull and impact the brain, like a bullet fired from a gun or a piece of shattered glass, can also cause traumatic brain injuries – which is commonly abbreviated as “TBI”.
Source: Traumatic Brain Injury – Mayo Clinic
Headaches, Nausea, Blurred Vision, Memory and Concentration Problems
What kind of symptoms are associated with traumatic brain injuries?
Traumatic brain injures, depending on the severity, can cause a wide range of symptoms and long-term health complications. Some symptoms and signs may appear immediately or shortly after the impact or accident occurs. However, it is not uncommon for some symptoms to appear days or even weeks later.
Mild traumatic brain injury symptoms
Physical symptoms from a mild traumatic brain injury may include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Drowsiness and/or fatigue
- Speech problems
- Loss of balance and dizziness
Sensory symptoms from a mild traumatic brain injury may include:
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Changes to the senses like taste and smell
Cognitive, behavioral, or mental symptoms from a mild traumatic brain injury may include:
- Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
- A state of being dazed, confused, or disoriented
- Concentration and memory problems
- Mood swings
- Feelings of depression or anxiety
- Difficulty and disruptions to sleeping
- Sleeping longer than usual
Moderate to severe traumatic brain injury symptoms
Physical symptoms from a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury may include:
- Loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours
- A persistent headache or a headache that gradually worsens
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Dilated pupils
- Fluid draining for nose or ears
- Inability to wake up from sleep
- Numbness or weakness in extremities like toes and fingers
- Loss of balance or coordination
Cognitive, behavioral, or mental symptoms from a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury may include:
- Profound or lasting confusion
- Unusual behavior like agitation or combativeness
- Slurred or impacted speech
- Coma and other disorders of consciousness
Source: Traumatic Brain Injury – Mayo Clinic
Changes in eating, seizures
How does a traumatic brain injury affect a child or infant?
When a child or infant is involved in an accident and sustains a traumatic brain injury it may be difficult to communicate with them to understand the symptoms they are experiencing.
While a lot of the symptoms that an adult would suffer from would also apply to a child or infant dealing with a traumatic brain injury, some other things to watch out for may include:
- Loss of interest in favorite activities or toys
- Persistent crying with an inability to be consoled or comforted
- Changes in eating or nursing habits
- Inability to focus or pay attention
- Mood changes like depression or sadness
- Drowsiness and changes to sleep patterns
Car accidents, falls, sports injuries
What are some common causes of traumatic brain injuries?
Traumatic brain injures are most commonly associated with sudden or high-impact blows to the head, neck, or back.
While traumatic brain injuries are dangerous and could be potentially life-altering, the degree and severity of the damage will depend on several factors like the nature of the injury, the force of the impact, and the physical condition of the victim. Children, younger adults, and adults aged 60 and older tend to be most at risk to suffer traumatic brain injuries when they are involved in an accident that involves a blow to the head, neck, or back.
Common causes and accidents that can lead to traumatic brain injuries can include, but are not limited to:
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How much is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) lawsuit worth?
The compensation received from any type of personal injury can vary drastically on a case-by-case basis.
The first step you should take if you or someone you care about is involved in an accident and suffers a traumatic brain injury is to contact a personal injury lawyer or law firm. Schiffman Firm offers free case evaluations for all potential clients and our team will help you understand the legal process and determine how to best proceed with your injury claims.
Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined legal and trial experience and have successfully represented thousands of clients that have suffered personal injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. With several multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts, Schiffman Firm is the right team to handle any type of personal injury lawsuit.
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