The brain is one of our most complex and vital body organs, and it governs literally every aspect of how we think, feel, and experience the world around us. Even the slightest bump or blow to the head can result in an injury to the brain that is both permanent and potentially fatal.
Traumatic brain injuries have become a serious health problem in the United States, and one that we are all at risk for. While millions of people suffer severe consequences as a result of accidents resulting in traumatic brain injuries, there are other people who are either unaware of the extent of their injury or tend to downplay its impact.
Traumatic brain injuries can be both disabling and life threatening. By being aware of the common causes as well as the signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, you can ensure you or your loved ones get the care you need to deal with this serious condition.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over two million people are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year as the result of accidents causing traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs can occur alone or in conjunction with other injuries and are a major cause of both accidental death and disability. Brain injuries can result from any type of bump or blow to the head, and can also result from any violent movement or shaking, such as whiplash. Common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Car accidents;
- Pedestrian and bicycling accidents;
- Slips, trips, or falls;
- Being hit by a falling object;
- Violence, such as assault and battery, domestic violence, and child abuse; and
- Sports injuries.
Common Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries can affect a variety of different physical, mental, emotional, and cognitive functions. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of traumatic brain injury can range from mild to severe, and may occur immediately after an accident, or take weeks and even months to appear. Some of the common signs of a brain injury include:
- Nausea or vomiting;
- Dizziness and loss of balance;
- Sleepiness or feeling groggy;
- Blurred vision;
- Ringing in the ears;
- Loss of memory;
- Inability to concentrate; and
- Irritability and mood swings.
While loss of consciousness is commonly associated with a potential brain injury, not losing consciousness does not mean you are not at risk. Head injuries can be difficult to diagnose, and the effects of TBI can produce subtle, yet frightening changes in a person’s personality. In any accident with the potential for causing TBI, patients should be carefully watched for symptoms both immediately after the accident, as well as during the weeks and months following.
Contact a Portland Personal Injury Attorney
If you or someone you know has suffered a brain injury as the result of an accident or negligence, contact our experienced Portland personal injury attorneys immediately. At the Johnston Law Firm, we will provide the aggressive legal representation you need to get the full amount of compensation you deserve to recover from your injuries. Contact our Portland personal injury attorneys today for a free review of your case.