According to the Mayo Clinic, “Traumatic brain injury occurs when
an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction. Traumatic brain
injury usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body.”
However, when an object, such as a piece of metal, a bullet or knife penetrates
the skull, that can cause a brain injury as well.
Brain injuries vary widely in severity. A mild brain injury may result
in a slight concussion that has temporary effects. A serious traumatic
brain injury (TBI) can cause bruising on the brain, torn tissues, or bleeding
in the brain itself. In some cases, the physical damage can be so severe
that it causes long-term complications or death.
Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injuries cannot be underestimated. The injured party may appear fine,
but he or she is experiencing abnormal brain function. A TBI can lead
to a wide range of symptoms depending on the location and severity of
the injury. Sometimes, the signs and symptoms are immediately apparent.
Other times, they take days or weeks to present themselves.
Symptoms of a mild TBI:
- Blurred vision
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sleep disturbances
- Loss of balance
- Drowsiness or fatigue
- Dazed and confused
Symptoms of severe TBI:
If someone has a severe TBI, he or she can experience all of the symptoms
of a mild TBI; however, they can also experience the following symptoms
within a few days of the head injury:
- Confusion or agitation
- Slurred speech
- Clear fluid draining from the ears or nose
- Cannot rouse from sleep
- Loss of coordination
- Repeated episodes of vomiting
- Numbness in the extremities
As personal injury attorneys, we deal with traumatic brain injuries every
day. Often, brain injuries are involved in
slip and fall, and
construction accident claims.
If you are ever in an accident and you receive a blow to the head or your
body, please seek emergency medical care at once. It’s important
that a qualified medical professional check to see if you are exhibiting
any signs of a traumatic brain injury.
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