Traumatic brain injuries are common in any type of accident that involves a blow to the head. This can include motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents and other types of accidents that happen every day. Sometimes, these traumatic brain injuries are catastrophic.
What causes them?
TBIs can be caused by any incident in which the body is violently shaken, or the head struck or punctured. These impacts can cause brain bleeding, bruising, punctures, tears and other physical brain injuries. These injuries are TBIs.
What are the effects?
TBIs can run the gamut of a brief headache after a car accident to death after a severe head injury that occurred in a motorcycle accident. There are possible physical, sensory and cognitive effects.
The most common physical effects are headaches, followed by nausea and vomiting. Fatigue and drowsiness are also common as is dizziness and problems with speech.
TBIs can affect your senses as well. You could experience a bad taste in your mouth. This is typically the taste of metal, but it can be anything.
You may lose your ability to smell, or you may smell things that are not there. You could also have auditory issues, like ringing in your ears, hearing loss, etc. Your vision could be blurred or out of focus, and you may find that you have sensitivity to both light and sound.
Cognitive effects can exhibit as both behavioral and mental symptoms.
Immediately after an impact or fall, you could lose consciousness. This can be for a few seconds or even a number of hours.
When you wake up, or immediately after the impact, you could feel dazed, disoriented or confused. You could have difficulty concentrating, mood changes, anxiety, depression, memory problems and sleeping issues.
You do not have to do this alone
After you experience a personal injury, you could have a TBI. Get checked out immediately for a diagnosis, and if needed, get treatment immediately.
And, make sure your Washington attorney knows about these medical issues. Sometimes, TBIs can have lifelong impacts, and that should be factored into your personal injury case.