According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a traumatic brain injury happens when a person’s normal brain functioning is impaired by a bump, blow or penetrating injury. Thousands of people suffer from TBI each year and the signs and symptoms that they exhibit can vary greatly. This post will briefly introduce what a person could experience if they suspect they may have suffered TBI, but readers are reminded that this post is not a substitute for medical or legal advice.
It is important that readers understand that while some TBI symptoms may be short-term, others may last for a long time. For example, a person who suffers severe TBI may have immediate impairment of their sensations and movement; while they may eventually regain some or all of these abilities, they may suffer from emotional disturbances, such as depression, for the rest of their lives.
Traumatic brain injuries can be mild to severe, with many TBI injuries resulting from concussions. Concussions are not uncommon during vehicle accidents, slips and falls and other common accidents. As such, a TBI can serve as a basis for damages for a person whose injury was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another person.
Individuals who suffer from TBI can struggle to move, communicate and think on their own. Their memories can be significantly impacted and their abilities to control their emotions may be severely limited. Living with TBI can be difficult and costly. Victims of accidents who suffer TBI can discuss their possible claims for damages with their attorney.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Basic Information about Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion,” accessed January 22, 2018