How Suffering from a TBI Can Change Your Life
Suffering from any kind of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can be scary, overwhelming, and life changing. Watching a loved one suffer with a TBI can also be just as scary and overwhelming. But taking the time to learn about a TBI and what causes them can help sufferers cope, and even learn about potential legal options.
What Causes a TBI?
Like any injury, a TBI can be severe or minor. You might be thinking how a TBI could be “minor”; after all, a brain injury is a brain injury.
However, a severe TBI often involves permanent damage, such as paralysis or even significant loss of cognitive functions and abilities.
A minor TBI might involve temporary memory loss, temporary loss of motor skills or cognitive abilities, or even temporary impaired vision. But ANY type of TBI could mean death…
A TBI is often brought on by some type of force such as violent blow to the head from an accident, and ultimately causes the brain to malfunction in some way.
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The Common Symptoms of a TBI
One of the scariest parts of a TBI, other than the risk for death, is that symptoms might appear immediately while others show absolutely no symptoms and then may occur abruptly at any point.
The effects and results of a TBI vary greatly depending on the type of accident or injury itself as well as the type of damage caused to the brain.
Here are some of the tops signs and symptoms of a TBI:
- Sudden or unexplained severe headache or migraine
- Severe pain in one area of the head
- Muscle numbness or weakness
- Sudden paralysis
- Nausea or vomiting
- Vision loss
- Memory loss or confusion
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty concentrating or speaking
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss in cognitive functions
- Sudden change in mood or behavior—including anxiety, depression or aggression
Paying close attention to an individual’s behavior and actions is important, especially after an accident that involved a blow to the head.
Symptoms of a TBI might resemble those of a stomach bug or other illness. This is why it is important to familiarize yourself with the common symptoms of a TBI in order to recognize them should they occur.
What is the Difference Between a TBI and ABI?
We just explained that a TBI is often brought on by force or a violent blow to the head, such as from an accident can be either open or closed.
An open TBI is when something opens and penetrates the skull and hurts the brain, such as gunshot or other type of weapon.
A closed TBI doesn’t involve any type of penetration to the skull, but can often involve a bruise, bleeding or swelling
An ABI is an “Acquired” brain injury, which isn’t necessarily developmental, but is a form of a TBI. For example, all TBIs would be considered ABIs; but not all ABIs would be considered TBIs.
Some examples of TBIs that would also be classified as ABIs can include:
- Stroke – a “brain attack” when brain cells are damaged due to a disruption in blood flow to the brain
- Aneurysm – a weak or “thin” spot in some blood vessels in the brain, which can cause a hemorrhage or stroke
- AVM – a malformation of blood vessels that form abnormal connections in the brain that are often present from birth, which can also result in bleeding and shock
- Brain tumor – a mass or growth of abnormal cells in the brain, which can be either cancerous or non-cancerous
- Abscess – a serious and life-threatening fungal or bacterial infection
Learn more about the differences between TBIs and ABIs here.
What Are the Results?
Other than devastating? This just about sums up any type of TBI. Experiencing a TBI or watching a loved one suffer from one is an emotional and stressful situation.
After responding to a loved one who is suffering from a TBI, and getting him or her medical attention, there are then a lot of unknown factors…
A TBI of any severity can have some life-changing, long-term, and even permanent effects.
Some of these can include:
- Mental disabilities
- Rehabilitative care
- Long-term care in a facility
- Loss of taste or the ability to eat
- Permanent change in behavior or abilities
- Permanent memory loss (short or long term)
- Loss of cognitive functions
- Impaired vision or motor skills
- Physical, speech, and occupational therapy
- Ongoing treatments and procedures – such as brain surgery, medications, and multiple CT scans
A TBI that is severe enough might also compromise an individual’s ability to live independently, work or perform even basic job duties, drive and even eat certain foods.
Working with a Boca Raton Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney Doesn’t Have to Be Brain Surgery…
If you yourself have suffered a TBI or you’ve watched a loved one suffer from a TBI as a result of an accident, then you may have a personal injury case on your hands.
However, working with a Boca Raton traumatic brain injury attorney can help discuss your accident, your situation, and determine if you have a viable case.
Working to acquire a proper settlement after a car accident is the least we can do to help you and your family cope with such a life-altering event.
Get a free consultation from a Boca Raton traumatic brain injury attorney for helping your family cope with a TBI.
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