Helping Accident Victims Deal With the Impact Of Traumatic Brain Injuries
As one of the most serious and potentially life threatening types of personal injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) often have significant impacts of the victim’s physical, emotional, and intellectual abilities. This can make it difficult for them to work or provide for themselves, and has a significant impact on surrounding family members. The following outlines ways these injuries commonly occur and the effects they can have, as well as how our personal injury attorney can help in these situations.
How Brain Injuries Commonly Happen
The Mayo Clinic advises that brain injuries can occur due to any violent trauma or shaking of the head. In mild cases, there may be a temporary disruption in the brain’s normal processes and functions. In more severe cases, there can be tissue damage and swelling or bleeding in the brain, which can result in permanent disabilities and even death. Common ways in which these injuries occur include:
- Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents;
- Pedestrian and bicycling accidents;
- Slips, trips, and falls;
- Being struck by or against an object;
- Sports or recreational accidents;
- Medical malpractice;
- Acts of violence.
Even a seemingly minor bump or blow can have impacts that are severe. Symptoms to watch for that could indicate a brain injury has occurred include dizziness or loss of balance, problems focusing or remembering what happened, nausea, vomiting, and being unable to stay awake or losing consciousness.
Long-Term Impacts Due To Brain Injuries
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAUSA) works to help those impacted learn to live with their injuries. Effects are often unpredictable and vary from person to person, and are based on the force of impact, as well as the side and specific part of the brain that was affected. Common types of long-term impacts include:
- Left brain injuries: These can cause difficulty with speaking or understanding language, impaired reasoning and problems remembering words or their meaning, decreased control over the right side of the body, and the potential for severe depression and anxiety.
- Right brain injuries: These can result in problems with vision, spacing, or interpreting what is seen, lack of awareness of impacts due to their injury, decreased creativity and music perception, inability to see the ‘big picture’ behind certain events, decreased control over the left side of the body.
- Diffuse injuries: These are scattered on both sides of the brain, and can result in confusion, an inability to pay attention or concentrate, excessive fatigue, and overall reduced cognitive skills.
Our Experienced Florida Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You Today
If you or someone you care about has suffered a brain injury, our Florida personal injury attorneys are here to help. In many cases, so-called ‘accidental’ injuries are actually the result of another’s reckless or negligent actions. Whether your injuries occurred in a car accident in which speed was a factor, due to a slip and fall on a wet floor, or while engaging in sports related activities without the proper equipment, we can advise you on how to get the compensation you need to recover. Call or contact the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III online and request a free consultation today.