Nearly 1.7 million people suffer from a brain injury every year in America, and unfortunately, about 125,000 of those people are permanently disabled as a result. Common causes of brain injuries include sports injuries, car accidents, falls, bike accidents, physical assaults, and motorcycle accidents.
There are two main types of traumatic brain injuries: penetrating head injuries; and closed head injuries. The first occurs when an object penetrates the skull and causes direct injury to the bran. Closed head injuries occur when there is a severe blow to the head, which could result from almost any type of accident.
Any accident that involves a loss of consciousness must be taken extremely seriously. In recent years, the long term effects of concussions have come to light, especially with persons suffering multiple concussions.
Concussions are the most common type of brain injury. The Center for Disease Control reports that as many as 3.8 million sports and recreation related concussions happen in the U.S. each year.
Symptoms of a brain injury can include:
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Sensitivity to sound or light
- Nausea or vomiting
- Profound confusion
- Weakness or numbness of the extremities
- Loss of coordination
- Convulsions or seizures
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Slurred speech
- Behavior or personality changes
- Concentration difficulties
- Difficulty “finding words” when speaking
- Memory loss
- Loss of the sense of smell or taste
Seek emergency care immediately if you experience any of these symptoms, especially after experiencing a blow to the head.Dealing With a Traumatic Brain Injury
No doubt, a brain injury is a life-changing event with many consequences for victims and their families. A brain injury can increase the risk for developing other medical conditions, like epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s. Many people with brain injuries experience changes in personality, emotions and their abilities to remember, communicate and think. The result on the injured person often means an inability to work with a resulting the loss of income, medical bills, extensive medical care, anxiety and pain. Uncertainty about the future can causes victims of traumatic brain injuries severe stress.
Fortunately, many people see improved brain function with proper medical care and therapy. Getting care quickly is of the utmost importance. If there is swelling of the brain, the pressure must be relieved immediately, or else long term catastrophic brain injury can result. This can happen even when the original injury was not severe. It is very important to inform emergency room doctors of cognitive problems, a loss of consciousness and any nausea that you may be experiencing.
Our attorneys handle cases involving traumatic brain injury from most kinds of accidents. We can help you navigate the myriad of issues you may be facing, such as long term medical needs, inability to work, replacing lost wages, medical bills and emotional difficulties.
If you have questions about a brain injury resulting from an accident that occurred in or near Jacksonville, Florida, our attorneys can guide you through the complexities of your case. We have handled traumatic brain injury cases resulting from car accidents, falls, medical malpractice, and motorcycle accidents. Our lawyers can answer your questions free of charge.