What Exactly Is A Traumatic Brain Injury?

Even though countless people suffer head injuries every day, there is no denying that some head injuries — including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) — can be far worse than others. Indeed, TBIs are particularly bad since victims can experience severe physical and cognitive issues for the rest of their lives.

Essentially, a TBI occurs whenever an individual suffers a violent blow, bump or jolt to the head, and this injury results in the person experiencing a disruption to normal brain functions. There are a wide variety of circumstances that can cause TBIs, including car accidents, falls and assaults.

While some TBIs can be milder, meaning the victim may get better over time, severe TBIs can result in life-long issues for the victim.

Common Symptoms Of TBIs

TBIs are typically classified into one of three categories: mild, moderate and severe. Different symptoms are generally associated with each type:

Common symptoms of mild TBIs:

  • Loss of consciousness, usually for just a few seconds or a few minutes
  • Headaches, dizziness and/or disorientation
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Drowsiness and fatigue
  • Light sensitivity
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Mood swings and concentration/memory problems

Common symptoms of moderate to severe TBIs:

  • Loss of consciousness, often for several minutes or even hours
  • Persistent or worsening headaches
  • Repeated nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of coordination
  • Seizure or convulsions
  • Numbness of the fingers or toes
  • Combative behavior
  • Slurred speech
  • Significant confusion
  • Coma

It is important to remember, however, the symptoms listed above are not exhaustive, meaning you need to see a doctor as soon as possible if you believe you or a loved one may have suffered a TBI.

You May Also Want To Speak To An Attorney

If your TBI was caused by the negligent or careless actions of someone else, you may be entitled to damages. So, after you seek medical treatment, it is also a good idea to seek the legal guidance of an experienced lawyer.

To learn what legal options may be available, contact Edelman & Edelman, P.C., today. You can reach us online or call our New York office at 212-235-1197. We offer free consultations, so you have nothing to lose.