Each year, approximately 1.7 million people suffer a Traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain Injury, or TBI, is a sudden trauma to the head that often leaves a person incapacitated. A person can also suffer from TBI and feel fine, only to experience symptoms later. Regardless of whether traumatic brain injury symptoms manifest immediately or a bit later, the injury can have a devastating effect.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brian Injury
More than half of those who suffer from TBI are injured in a bicycle or motor vehicle accident. Dangerous workplaces, such as those in the construction industry, are also a common source of brain injuries. Victims of violent crimes such as rape, assault and battery also suffer head-related trauma. Youth, amateur and professional athletes routinely suffer from TBI. Even a mild blow to the head, such as those suffered by youths in baseball, soccer or peewee football can cause TBI.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosing a TBI can often be difficult, but there are some common symptoms to look for. Mild TBI victims often experience: fatigue, headaches, visual problems, memory loss, loss of concentration, sleep issues, mood problems, depression and seizures. Those suffering with severe TBI endure problems with their cognitive abilities, vision, speech, memory, hearing, smell, taste, coordination and mood.
Once diagnosed, treatment can range from complete immobilization to medication to cognitive rehabilitation therapy, which teaches techniques to improve brain functions. New York Mets left fielder Jason Bay struck his head against the outfield wall during a game in July. It took a month of rest before his symptoms, including headaches, subsided and he was able to begin training again.
Severe forms of TBI can lead to permanent injury and even death if they aren’t treated.
Many instances of traumatic brain injuries are avoidable. Motorists should ensure they use their seatbelt, have an equipped airbag and drive defensively. Construction workers should use all available safety equipment, wear fluorescent colors to increase visibility and follow all safety protocols. Athletes should wear protective headgear.
Someone who is severely injured and diagnosed with TBI may be left with high medical expenses, lost wages and permanent disability. A victim should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer for a free and confidential consultation. A reputable attorney will discuss any legal rights to recovery that you may have.