Raising Awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury and Its Symptoms
Accidental injuries can result in serious, potentially long term damages that can affect your ability to work and support your family, as well as affecting your relationships and ability to participate in activities and social functions. One of the most common and impacting types of injuries are traumatic brain injuries. Unfortunately, while the long term effects of these injuries can be severe and even life threatening, symptoms may be hard to detect and can take weeks or months to appear. If you or someone you care about has been the victim of a personal injury accident, it is important to be aware of the symptoms associated with these types of injuries, and the potential impacts they could have on your long term health and well-being.
Brain Injury Awareness
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) provides valuable education and services to the general community as well as those who suffer from traumatic brain injury, or TBI. The month of March is designated as Brain Injury Awareness Month, which the BIA uses to raise awareness and call attention to the harmful effects of TBI, which more than 2 million Americans suffer from each year. Brain injuries can result from any type of bump, blow, jolt, or violent shaking of the head which disrupts signals and damaging tissues in the brain. Brain injuries often affect the following areas:
- Cognitive thoughts and comprehensive abilities;
- Memory and the ability to understand events as they occur;
- Senses, including the ability to see, smell, feel, or taste;
- Language skills and the ability to express thoughts or feelings; and
- Emotions, including the mood and characteristics of the person’s personality.
TBI can also affect the brain’s ability to signal important bodily functions, such as respiration and heart rate. The effects of multiple head injuries can be cumulative, resulting in complete impairment and even death..
Symptoms of Brain Injury
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms of TBI include the following:
- Problems speaking or comprehending what people are saying;
- Memory lapses and problems forming thoughts;
- Vision problems, and dizziness or loss of balance;
- Emotional outbursts and fits of anger, rage, or depression;
- Nausea and vomiting; and
- Problems with sleep, or difficulty in being awaken from sleep.
Traumatic brain injuries can occur in even minor accidents, and it is vitally important to be aware of the symptoms and to seek medical care right away if you suspect an injury has occurred.
Let Us Assist You Today
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident or as the result of someone’s reckless or negligent conduct, contact our experienced Florida personal injury lawyers today. At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III, we provide aggressive legal representation to assist you in holding responsible parties accountable so that you can get the compensation you deserve. Serving Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie, Vero Beach, Saint Lucie, and Indian River Counties, our office is prepared to assist you in recovering compensation.