Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Physically surviving a traumatic brain injury is the first step in an often lifelong process of adjustment. A traumatic brain injury can impact survivors physically and mentally and often results in permanent, irreversible damage.
Brain injuries are classified as open head injuries and closed head injuries. Open head injuries occur when foreign objects penetrate the brain matter. Closed head injuries occur when the brain connects with the skull. Due to the silent nature of closed head injuries, they may not be immediately noticed by a treating doctor or other medical personnel. Tests may come back negative for an injury even though the damage is there and the victim is suffering. Symptoms may range from moderate to severe and cause thinking changes, physical changes, and personality and behavior changes, including:
- Loss of voluntary or involuntary motor functions
- Coordination problems
- Focus problems
- Change in behavior
- Loss of thinking and reasoning abilities
- Impulsive behavior
- Difficulty controlling emotions
- Memory loss
- Excessive sleep
- Sensory (i.e. smell, taste) loss
- Difficulty coping with stress
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Aggression and irritability
- Loss of life
Types of Head Injuries
Various types of head injuries may produce TBI symptoms, including:
- Diffuse Axonal Injury: Shaking or strong rotation of the head
- Concussion: Blow to the head, including blunt trauma, violent shaking or force from a whiplash injury that causes stretched blood vessels and damaged nerves
- Contusion: Bruise to the brain, received from a direct impact to the head
- Coup-contrecoup: Contusion sustained on one side of the brain, and on the direct opposite side
- Recurrent Traumatic Brain Injury: A brain injury sustained before another one has finished healing
- Locked in Syndrome: Rare condition that only allows your eyes to move
Causes of Brain Injuries
If someone has been involved in an accident, you may not be able to determine if they have sustained a brain injury just by looking at them, and symptoms may start to appear several days after accident. Common types of accidents that result in brain injuries are:
Brain Injury Legal Help
If negligence is suspected as causing a car accident, construction site accident, or other type of accident, injury attorneys can review the accident information, including impact speeds, damage to cars, seat belt use, air bag deployment, defective parts or products, adherence to safety rules and procedures, and other factors that may prove negligence.
If a victim seeks medical help following an accident, medical personnel may conduct numerous tests, including an MRI, CAT scan, DTI scan, PET scan, or other diagnostic measure; however, some traumas and injuries may not appear on these tests. An experienced brain injury attorney will know how to navigate the medical procedures and coordinate additional medical testing and consulting.
Nationwide Representation for Traumatic Brain Injury Victims
Survivors of a traumatic brain injury and their families may experience pain, frustration, and challenges as they try to adapt to the new way of life. Expenses for medical needs, including therapy, caregivers, rehabilitation and long-term care can add even more stress.
If you have sustained a traumatic brain injury, or if you are the loved one of someone that has lost their life to a TBI, you can find comfort in knowing that a head injury lawyer is advocating for your best interests. At Burnetti, P.A. our attorneys are prepared to travel nationwide to advocate for the legal rights and financial well-being of TBI victims after a catastrophic or fatal traumatic brain injury. To discuss your legal rights, call 1-888-BURNETTI or reach our team via the Free Case Review form at www.Burnetti.com.