Traumatic brain injury, of TBI, is a type of injury that involves trauma to the head and brain resulting in temporary or permanent brain dysfunction.
These injuries can have a wide range of symptoms and characteristics; some which do not become apparent until days or weeks after the trauma has taken place.
Characteristics of Mild TBI
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow or jolt to the head that affects brain function. Healthcare professionals often refer to concussions as mild traumatic brain injuries, but the impact of these injuries can still be quite serious.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, some common early characteristics of traumatic brain injury include headache, dizziness, memory problems, disorientation, nausea and vomiting. Later symptoms can include additional issues such as fatigue, mood swings, tinnitus, difficulty concentrating, anxiety and depression.
Characteristics of Moderate to Severe TBI
Moderate and severe cases of traumatic brain injury often share many of the characteristics of mild TBI, as well as additional symptoms such as:
- Seizures and convulsions
- Slurred speech
- Persistent loss of consciousness
- Numbness in the fingers or toes
- Poor coordination
- Strange behavior
- Dilated pupils
Moderate to severe TBI can have a wide range of long term consequences for injury victims that can have a lasting impact on quality of life. Some examples of cognitive problems that can be caused by traumatic brain injury include memory problems, trouble concentrating and a decreased attention span. These injuries can also cause long term problems ranging from seizures and chronic pain to sleep and mood disorders.
According to the Florida Department of Health, the median cost for hospitalization alone was $37,515 for non-fatal traumatic brain injuries in 2011. Unfortunately, the cost of moderate to severe TBI can be considerably higher due to additional medical expenses and loss of income. TBI victims also often face considerable pain and suffering, as well as a long term impact to their quality of life.
Help from experienced traumatic brain injury lawyers
You may need the help of traumatic brain injury attorney who will stand up for your rights if you’ve been severely injured in an accident that was not your fault. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-753-5203 discuss your case with a member of our injury law team.