Questions Regarding Traumatic Brain Injuries

Questions Regarding Traumatic Brain Injuries

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a violent injury to the head. There are different levels of traumatic brain injuries ranging from minor to severe, meaning that symptoms can range from a minor headache all the way to seizures and comas. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that an average of 1.5 million people in the US suffer from a TBI each year; 50 thousand of which die and 85 thousand who suffer from long term symptoms. 

What Causes a TBI?

In general, traumatic brain injuries are caused by a violent hit or blow to the head. The most common causes of TBI’s include falls, traffic accidents, and assaults.

What are the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?

When you become injured, it is extremely important that you see a doctor right away, even if you do not have significant symptoms. Many times effects of the injury are delayed and do not show up right away. If you hit your head and have any of the following symptoms, you may have a traumatic brain injury:

  • Persistent Headache
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness or fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Inability to be woken up
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Feeling of confusion
  • Increase agitation
  • Sensitivity to sound and light
  • Sensory problems such as blurred vision, trouble speaking, or ability to smell
  • Loss of balance
  • Dilation of one or both pupils
  • Seizures
  • Coma

How do I prevent traumatic brain injuries?

Though there is always a chance of a TBI, there are many ways to lower your risk of injuring yourself. Follow these tips to help you stay safe:

  1. Always fasten your seatbelt when in a vehicle
  2. Wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle or bicycle
  3. Don’t ever drive under the influence
  4. Don’t drive distracted- no texting while driving
  5. Keep walking areas clean and clutter free
  6. Get regular vision check ups
  7. Be cautious during physical activity and sporting games

It is important to be aware of TBI’s. These injuries can be minor, but they can also be severe enough to lead to coma or death. If you have been hit or jolted, contact your doctor immediately.

If you or someone you loved has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, give Rob Levine & Associates a call. When you are injured, especially with a moderate to severe TBI, it can be difficult to make ends meet. Let us get you the compensation you deserve.

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