What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The CDC defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a “disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or penetrating head injury.” Although everyone is at risk of a TBI, children and older adults are more prone to sustaining a traumatic brain injury. However, knowing the causes of a TBI can help to keep you and your loved ones safe.
What Causes a TBI?
A violent blow to the head can cause the brain to be pushed into the inner walls of the skull. Severe brain trauma can cause the tearing of brain tissue, blood vessel tears, bruising, and bleeding around the brain. The most common ways TBIs happen can be attributed to the following:
- Trips and falls
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Being struck with an object
- Colliding with an object
- Work-related accidents
While it’s possible to recover from a traumatic brain injury, there can be long-term, and in some cases, lifetime effects as a result. Some residual problems from sustaining a TBI may include seizures, infections like meningitis, nerve damage, and cognitive issues.
What are the Warning Signs of a TBI?
Some symptoms of a traumatic brain injury could be noticed right away, but other symptoms may not show up for several days or even months. Here are some TBI symptoms to be aware of:
- Persistent headaches
- Blurred/fuzzy vision
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Trouble balancing
- Lack of energy/ tiredness
- Mood changes — irritable, feelings of sadness
- Feeling nervous or anxious
- Difficulty remembering/thinking
- Sleeping more or less than usual
- Trouble falling asleep
After sustaining an injury to the head, whether you think it’s minor or not, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible, especially if you have more severe symptoms such as loss of consciousness, irregular pupil size, or convulsions.
Contact a Corpus Christi Personal Injury Lawyer
At Bandas Law Firm, we understand that a traumatic brain injury can be both a physical and financial burden. If you’ve sustained a traumatic brain injury due to another person’s or entity’s negligence, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injury. Our experienced personal injury lawyers are here to help.
Contact us today at (361) 238-2789 to learn how we can assist you.