Head injuries are among the most serious injuries a person may experience, and they are regrettably more prevalent than you might imagine. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of mortality among children and young people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A traumatic brain injury affects about 1.5 million people in the United States each year.
If you or a loved one has suffered this type of injury in an accident, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 to request a free legal consultation.
What is a traumatic brain injury (TBI)?
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a type of brain dysfunction caused by an external force, such as a blow to the head. A closed head injury is the name for this form of TBI. When a foreign item, such as a bullet, penetrates the brain tissue, it can cause a TBI.
Some people are more likely than others to sustain a TBI as a result of a forceful blow. The following people are the most vulnerable to a TBI:
- Adults aged 60 and up
- Children under the age of four
TBIs in young adults aged 15 to 24 have an impact on how the brain functions and can lead to long-term problems or even death. The severity of a person’s head injury has a big impact on the problems that might arise. However, the following are some of the most typical problems that arise immediately or shortly after a TBI:
- Vegetative state
- Brain death
- Cognition issues
TBI Signs and Symptoms
A wide spectrum of symptoms can result from traumatic brain injury. If you believe you or a loved one has had a TBI, keep an eye out for the following signs and symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness
- Vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- Pupillary dilation
- Coordination problems
- Speech slurred
Following a head injury, seeing a doctor as soon as possible is critical for evaluating your condition and initiating treatment.
What Is a Concussion and How Does It Happen?
A concussion is a form of traumatic brain damage that happens when the head is struck. Sufferers of concussions frequently lose consciousness shortly after the incident.
Concussions are commonly caused by sports injuries, but can also happen as a result of automobile accidents and other personal injury occurrences. Concussions can range in severity from moderate to severe, and in the most serious cases, they can result in problems such as swelling of the brain.
Concussion Signs and Symptoms
Concussions are usually less severe than other types of traumatic brain damage, and their symptoms might be difficult to identify. Concussion symptoms may not appear for many days after the occurrence, but their consequences might last weeks or more.
The following are some of the most frequent concussion symptoms:
- Vomiting and nausea
- Blurry vision
- Ringing in the ears
If you or a loved one has suffered this type of injury due to the recklessness of another person, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.