If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury you know its serious implications. Traumatic brain injuries can lead to death or disabilities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that approximately 1.7 million people have a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year, and 275,000 of those cases require hospitalization.
A TBI is caused by a blow to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal brain functions. There are two main types of TBIs, each with their own characteristics:
Most people who have had a concussion recover quickly and fully. They are considered mild brain injuries, since they are not life threatening usually, but they can have serious side effects. If you have a concussion, you probably have these symptoms:
- difficulty thinking, concentrating or remembering new information
- sensitivity to light
- feeling tired
- feeling sad or irritable
- trouble sleeping or sleeping more or less than usual
The consequences of severe TBI can affect all aspects of an individual’s life. The same characteristics of a concussion or mild brain injury can be seen in someone with a severe brain injury. But the difference is the symptoms might remain for up to a year or longer after the injury. Those who have had a severe TBI can struggle with:
- attention and memory
- extremity weakness, impaired coordination and balance
- hearing, vision, impaired perception and touch
- depression, anxiety, aggression, impulse control and personality changes
If you struggle with a TBI due to the negligence of someone else, you deserve justice for your emotional and physical trauma. Contact the expert brain injury attorneys at the Barry Law Group today to set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.