Brain injuries carry the potential to have dramatic impact on our lives. Unlike other types of injuries, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can change how we think, behave, speak, and process language. These injuries are also unique because they are not always easily detectable.
After an accident, a brain injury victim might appear confused or, in some cases, might be rendered unconscious. However, people may not immediately recognize these things as signs of a brain injury. When a person suffers a TBI, they should be screened and treated immediately. Loved ones of a TBI victim should also be aware of just how serious these injuries can be and how they might be able to help their loved ones in the recovery process.
TBIs are caused by a blow or jolt to the head. Some are minor, in which case a victim might recover quickly. However, serious brain injuries, or the accumulation of several mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries, can have serious consequences, including mental impairment and difficulty communicating. Concussions are classified as mild TBIs, though they should also be treated very seriously.
TBIs are Very Common
To understand how widespread these injuries are and how great their impact is on victims, consider the following statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Around 153 people die from TBI-related injuries every day in the United States, making it one of the leading causes of death.
- In 2013, nearly 3 million people were treated in emergency rooms, admitted into hospitals, or lost their lives because of a TBI.
- TBIs contribute to around one-third of all injury deaths.
- Falls are the leading cause of TBI, comprising nearly half of all TBI-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths.
- Fall-related TBIs are especially common among children and older adults.
TBIs are also frequently caused by motor vehicle crashes and being struck by or against an object. TBIs among young people frequently occur while playing sports or other recreational activities.
Spotting a TBI – Why It’s So Important
Noticing the presence of a TBI in an accident victim is important because, if these injuries are left undiagnosed or untreated, the effects can quickly worsen, causing death, disability, or long-term impairment. It’s imperative that anyone suspected of having a TBI should seek immediate medical attention.
Signs of a TBI include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood swings, depression, or anxiety
- Memory problems
- Sensitivity to bright lights
- Coordination difficulties
- Nausea soon after an accident
- Blurred vision
If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or in a loved one after a fall, motor vehicle crash, or any other type of accident, don’t take any chances. Go to a doctor or emergency room as soon as possible for tests and treatment.
When a TBI has lasting consequences, victims should know that they have the right to consider legal action if that injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI and would like to explore a personal injury claim, contact the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant today to learn more.
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