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What to know about traumatic brain injuries

When you think of injuries, broken bones and lacerations may first come to mind. However, another common but sometimes less noticeable one is a traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

A TBI is brain damage that occurs due to head trauma from shaking, internal bleeding, skull fractures, sudden jolts, blows or penetration. A common type of TBI is a concussion. If you experience any sort of head trauma, this is what you need to know.

Common causes 

The CDC reports that falls are responsible for 47 percent of TBIs, and falls are a high source of injury in the workplace. Therefore, it is no surprise that TBIs are common in industries with a high risk of falling. Other causes include strikes from an object or person. Nerve damage and lack of oxygen can also lead to traumatic brain injuries.

Harm may not be visible from the outside, and symptoms may not be apparent until much later. It is always important to seek a medical examination after any type of accident to determine if head trauma has occurred, even if you feel fine.

Symptoms to watch for

It is necessary to look out for certain symptoms because injuries do not always appear immediately. Take notice of sudden problems with

  • Short-term memory
  • Attention and comprehension
  • Speech
  • Vision
  • Balance and motor skills
  • Aggression

You may also experience headaches, numbness in your arms and legs, and changes in your personality or mood.

Long-term consequences

TBIs require long-term care because recovery takes time and a team of health care professionals. Such care may continue lifelong if you suffer from permanent disability. You may lose the ability to work, drive or even take care of yourself at a basic level. You may need help remembering and understanding things. Furthermore, the CDC reveals that TBI victims have significantly higher chances of dying from a stroke, unintentional drug poisoning, infection and pneumonia.

These medical consequences use up a large amount of money. Speak to an attorney today to begin the process of claiming financial compensation for your injury and the subsequent expenses.

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