Every year, 1.4 million Americans are the victims of traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injury occurs when the head is hit or penetrated, which damages the brain tissue. Since this type of injury affects the brain, it can lead to permanent physical or mental disability.
The most common causes of traumatic brain injury include falls, which is the leading cause, car accidents, assaults and blows to the head. When traumatic brain injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, such as a car accident caused by another driver, the injured victim can pursue compensation.
If you or a family member has received a head injury, it is important to recognize the signs of traumatic brain injury. Some of the symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury include headache, dizziness, confusion, lightheadedness, blurred vision, lethargy and behavioral changes. Moderate to severe traumatic brain injury has many of the same symptoms as a mild case, but might also include a headache that gets worse or will not go away, repeated vomiting, seizures, inability to awaken from sleep, pupil dilation, slurred speech, loss of coordination and restlessness. If you notice any of the signs associated with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, medical attention should be pursued as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, brain damage is irreversible, but doctors will take action to prevent further injury. It is crucial that there is adequate blood flow and oxygen flow throughout the body and that blood pressure is kept under control. A doctor will order an imaging test, such as an x-ray, CT scan or MRI scan to determine the extent of damage. Nearly 50 percent of patients with traumatic brain injury will need surgery. Other patients may be put on a treatment program, which includes a variety of therapy.
Treating traumatic brain injury is expensive and can place a financial burden on you and your family. If the injury was caused by another person, you may be awarded damages to cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other costs related to traumatic brain injury. Contact Tavss Fletcher at (757) 625-1214 for legal advice regarding your traumatic brain injury case.
The article, What is Traumatic Brain Injury, has more information on this subject.