The Center for Disease Control defines traumatic brain injuries as “a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or another penetrating head injury.” The leading cause for this category of injury are slip and falls, at 47%, followed by being struck by or against an object and motor vehicle crashes, at 15% and 14% respectively. The Gama Law Firm has the legal resources and experience you need for whatever caused your injury, whether it was a motorcycle or construction accident.
Signs & Symptoms
There are several tell-tale signs as to whether you have a TBI. These signs can be physical, mental, or emotional, with many subtle giveaways that include headaches, a bad taste in your mouth, or changes in sleep patterns. Though these may not seem like much in the beginning, they can become very serious if they worsen or never seem to get better.
Extreme signs of a TBI include seizures, loss of consciousness, or slurred speech. Injuries like these can force you to change how you live out your life, which is cause for seeking compensation from the person or party that is responsible for your accident.
Permanence of Brain Injuries
Some of the above symptoms can last a few weeks as the result of a minor TBI, or a concussion. On the other hand, symptoms can sometimes last for the rest of your life. Physically, you may suffer from chronic pain or fatigue; emotionally, you may develop depression or find yourself more irritable or aggressive; mentally, processing language could be more difficult than you remember. Some of these may be curable or treatable, depending on the severity of your injury and health.