What Are the Symptoms of a Catastrophic Brain Injury?
Few things scare us more than a bad head injury. Not only do they have the potential to hurt us physically, but they can mess us up mentally and emotionally as well. And modern life is constantly putting us at risk for suffering severe brain injuries.
How Many People Suffer?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.7 million people in the United States are victims of traumatic brain injury annually, with 52,000 fatalities and 250,000 requiring hospitalization. Over 3 million Americans are afflicted with a permanent disability.
Numerous activities can potentially result in head trauma. Driving, riding a bicycle, or even walking down the street exposes us to vehicle collisions that often result in head and neck injuries. Sports also put us in danger, especially high-impact sports like football, baseball, softball, skateboarding, skiing, and water sports. Other accidents that frequently lead to brain injury include falls, falling objects, running into walls, or even intentional attacks.
Warning Signs of Brain Injury
Injuries that result in brain damage are called traumatic brain injuries, or TBI. No matter the cause, in adults, a moderate-to-severe TBI is characterized by a number of different mental, physical, and neurological symptoms, including any of the following:
- Chronic headaches or neck pain
- Diminished memory, concentration, or decision-making ability
- Slow reaction times
- Fatigue or lack of motivation
- Unexplained mood changes
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Vomiting or nausea
- Lowered tolerance for bright lights or loud noise
- Blurred vision
- Impaired smell or taste
- Tinnitus (ringing of the ears)
Children can also show any of the above symptoms, although TBIs are often more difficult to diagnose for younger victims. If your child was hit in the head and is suffering any of the above signs, you should contact a doctor immediately. Also be alert to any changes in their behavior—decreased school performance, a lack of interest in activities that they normally enjoy, or increased irritability or crankiness—these are also indicators they may have a TBI.
Living with Catastrophic Brain Injury
Living with a TBI can be challenging. Victims face long rehabilitations and they may never fully recover all of their lost cognitive and physical abilities. Those who have suffered from severe brain trauma will require expensive treatments and often lose the ability to work or take care of themselves, requiring long-term supervision and medical care.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a TBI, you need an advocate who fully understands the issues surrounding brain injuries. At Naizby Law, we have over two decades of experience in helping our clients secure their financial future after an unfortunate injury. Contact one of our knowledgeable representatives today at (203) 245-8500 to schedule a free consultation.
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