What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI? By Lonnie Greenblatt on April 26, 2022

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A traumatic brain injury will impact many aspects of your life and may even change your personality. In addition to all the painful symptoms and the possibility of long-term effects, you will also face expensive medical procedures in your rehabilitation process.

What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury?

According to the Mayo Clinic, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) “usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. An object that goes through brain tissue, such as a bullet or shattered piece of skull, can also cause traumatic brain injury.”

Causes of TBIs

Many different events can result in this serious condition.

Which Age Groups Are Most At Risk?

An accident or a violent incident can happen to anyone, but TBIs are most dangerous to people who are in a couple of recognizable groups.

  • Infants To 4 Years Old
  • Adolescents & Young Adults, 15-24 Years Old
  • Senior Adults, Over Sixty

Types Of TBIs

Depending on the cause of the trauma, the TBI might be a concussion, a penetration wound (caused by an object such as a bullet entering the brain), a contusion (bruised brain tissue), or an anoxic injury (caused when the brain’s supply of oxygen is interrupted).

TBIs are usually classified as mild, moderate, or severe. You need to be aware that even a mild case carries the possibility of lasting damage.

Symptoms of Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

If you are wondering if an accident or injury has caused a mild TBI, typical symptoms are varied and sometimes hard to recognize.

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Speech Difficulties
  • Vertigo
  • Blurry Vision
  • Loss Of Smell
  • Light Sensitivity
  • A Brief Loss Of Consciousness
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Swings
  • Sleepiness Or Insomnia

Symptoms of a More Serious TBI

A more severe injury may cause any of the above symptoms, as well as some harder to pinpoint issues.

  • Longer Loss Of Consciousness
  • Repeated Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Confusion
  • Mental Issues
  • Slurred Speech
  • Weak Or Numb Toes & Fingers
  • Unusual Actions, Such As Combativeness
  • Coma

The Lasting Impact Of TBIs

Intensive injuries can cause lasting effects. These may include recurring seizures (epilepsy) or fluid buildup in the brain (hydrocephalus). If the skull was fractured, the brain might become susceptible to an infection such as meningitis.

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Blood Clots

TBI Changes In Behavior & Personality

Aside from the physical effects, a traumatic brain injury can cause considerable changes in a person’s behavior and personality.

  • Memory Loss
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Communication Struggles
  • Lack Of Self-Control
  • Taking Unwise Risks
  • No Sense Of Empathy

Emotional Effects Of TBI

As a person struggles to cope with all the changes that a traumatic event can bring, they may exhibit emotional changes.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Anger Issues

A Life-Changing Event

As you can imagine from all the symptoms and effects listed above, a TBI can completely change a person’s life. In addition to medical treatment, they may need counseling. If their cognitive abilities are affected, they may need to find a different line of employment. They may also need to make changes in their home to deal with new disabilities.

Do You Need A Lawyer?

If you or a loved one has experienced a TBI due to someone else’s negligence, you will need a personal injury lawyer to help you face the challenges of the medical and legal systems. An attorney can take care of many details for you, allowing you to concentrate your energy on healing or caring for your injured loved one.

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Contact Greenblatt & Veliev, LLC in Rockville, Maryland, today. We serve clients throughout Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Our caring and experienced team will give you the attention and assistance you deserve.

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