As discussed in an earlier blog post, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a head injury, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head which disrupts normal brain functions. These injuries happen most often because of a fall or motor vehicle accident. However, unlike other common injuries such as broken bones or herniated discs, traumatic brain injuries present important differences.
Many traumatic brain injuries may not be visibly noticeable and may not show up on objective diagnostic tests. Instead, these injuries are often diagnosed by their signs and symptoms. People with traumatic brain injuries may experience cognitive difficulties, such as problems thinking clearly or memory problems; physical difficulties such as headaches, dizziness, or nausea; emotional and mood changes; and, sleep difficulties.
The timing, frequency, and duration of these symptoms can vary widely among individuals. Some symptoms may appear right away, and others may not be noticed until some time later. Also, although some people may recover quickly and fully, others may experience symptoms for months, or even suffer a permanent disability.
In addition, people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries such as concussions are at a higher risk of experiencing additional concussions. Each additional injury may be more severe than the last.
Because of the unique differences involved with traumatic brain injuries, it is important that you are represented by an experienced personal injury attorney. If you or someone you know has been in an accident involving a traumatic brain injury, contact me here to discuss your legal rights.