Each year there are millions of people who are hospitalized because of traumatic brain injuries. And thousands of those individuals die annually. There are a variety of different reasons why brain injuries occur, including the following:
Struck by an object
Recreational injuries and accidents
Falls are usually the most common cause of a brain injury and car accidents are not close behind. A brain injury can change your life forever. The damage from a brain injury can result in permanent disabilities that require long-term personal and medical care. A brain injury can leave you out of work forever.
If you’ve suffered a brain injury, you should contact a personal injury attorney in order to discuss all of your legal rights in order to recover compensation. Compensation cannot undo the damage that is done by a brain injury, but it can certainly help to provide the personal and medical care that you need in order learn how to live with your injury and the damage it left behind.
Overview of a Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury is the result of a blow or a jolt to your head. It can also be caused by an object penetrating your skull. Your brain is injured after it strikes your skull after the blow to an object or the object penetrating the soft tissue in your brain.
There are a number of different symptoms that may lead you to suspect you have a brain injury, including severe headaches, vomiting, drowsiness, loss of balance, sleeping issues, loss of coordination and seizures.
You’ll also find you have a number of sensory symptoms, including sensitivity to light or sound, slurred speech, ringing in your ears and blurred vision. Mental and cognitive symptoms include anxiety, mood swings, confusion, and depression.
Not Immediately Apparent
Generally speaking, many symptoms of a brain injury are not immediately apparent. This is why it’s important that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible after an accident. You need to document that your injury was due to the incident you’re filing a claim for, so immediate action is necessary. Even if you feel that your injury is mild, you can still suffer serious medical conditions that can impair your ability to normally function and eventually find yourself with permanent brain damage.
Prevention of Brain Injuries
Most brain injuries are the result of an accident, so it is impossible to prevent them. However, there are a few precautions you can take to reduce your risk, including the following:
-Wear helmets when you participate in a variety of activities including biking and skiing.
-Do not operate a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol
-Do not drive while drowsy.
-Always wear your seat belt and ensure that your passengers do as well. For small children, be sure they are properly restrained in a car seat.
-If you’re building your own playground at home, use the shock-absorbing material.
-Install handrails on stairs in your home.
Contact a personal injury attorney if you’ve suffered a serious brain injury.