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Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a serious public health concern in the United States, and each year TBIs are a major leading cause of death and serious disabilities. The CDC reports that in 2010, 2.5 million TBIs occurred as either an isolated case, or with other injuries.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury occurs when an external force leads to brain dysfunction. A TBI can be caused by a sudden jolt or a violent blow to the head or body, or it can occur when an object penetrates the skull such as a bullet during an act of violence, or a scrap of metal during an auto or machine accident.

While a mild TBI may cause a temporary dysfunction of the brain, a serious traumatic brain injury can cause bruising, torn tissues and bleeding, which can result in either long-term disabilities or death.

Symptoms of a Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries can lead to a wide range of symptoms and psychological effects. Some symptoms appear immediately after an accident, while others won’t appear until days or weeks after the traumatic event.

Signs of a mild TBI:

  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Brief loss of consciousness
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Concentration or memory problems

Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

The symptoms of a severe TBI could appear hours after the accident, or they may take days to appear.

Signs of a severe TBI:

  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Combativeness
  • Slurred speech
  • Numbness in extremities
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Intense headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of coordination
  • Can’t be roused from sleep
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Dilated pupils
  • Clear fluids drain from the ears or nose

Sadly, many people who sustain a TBI experience intellectual problems as a result of their head injuries. The person may appear normal, but in actuality, they are experiencing major cognitive changes.

A TBI can affect one's memory, ability to learn, reasoning, speed of mental processing, concentration, problem-solving skills, and so much more. In fact, a TBI can lead to significant cognitive impairment and social problems, both of which can affect the victim’s ability to work and maintain healthy relationships.

If you, or someone you love recently sustained a TBI in an accident, we urge you to contact the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC for help filing a claim for compensation. We proudly serve clients throughout Plano, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Frisco.