Traumatic Brain Injury Is on the Rise
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injury contributes to 30 percent of all injury-related deaths in the United States. Moreover, a study published by the American Medical Association reports that more people are being treated for brain injuries – there was a 30 percent increase in ER visits for brain injury between 2006 and 2010.
Because brain injury symptoms aren’t always obvious, it’s important to know how to recognize the signs. Knowing what to look for can help you obtain early medical intervention for yourself or a loved one suffering from a brain injury.
Brain Injury Symptoms Can Be Easy to Miss
Brain injuries are grouped into two types: closed and penetrating.
Closed Brain Injuries
As the name suggests, a closed brain injury is caused by a blow to the head that does not actually penetrate the skull or the brain. The injury occurs when the brain literally moves within the skull. Victims can sustain a closed brain injury in a fall, sports injury, car accident, hypoxia incident, brain infection, or exposure to chemicals or carbon monoxide.
Penetrating Brain Injuries
Penetrating brain injuries involve an object actually penetrating the cranial plate and physically entering the brain. This can occur with a bullet or any object striking the skull.
An individual who has sustained a blow to the head, whether closed or penetrating, is susceptible to brain injury and should be closely observed for symptoms of brain injury, which can include:
- Memory loss
- Trouble concentrating
- Sudden speech impediment
- Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
- Poor judgment
- Impaired motor skills
- Impaired or blurred vision
- Damaged sensory perception
- Chronic fatigue
- Light sensitivity
- Tremors and muscle spasms
These symptoms mimic many other diseases and ailments, which is what makes brain injuries difficult to diagnose. It’s relatively common for doctors to miss a brain injury unless they know an individual has recently been involved in a serious accident.
Furthermore, some brain injuries can take months or even years to develop. If you’ve been in an accident, it’s a good idea to keep a pain journal to record your daily symptoms. Monitoring daily changes in your pain, abilities, and activities will help you notice subtle changes in your mood and discomfort, which can help you spot the signs of a potential brain injury.
Klibaner Law Firm
Although some brain injuries might not be as physically obvious as other types of injures, they can be just as devastating to an accident victim. If you have been injured in an accident and you suspect you may be suffering from a brain injury, you may be able to obtain compensation for your physical pain and suffering as well as other types of damages. Call the Klibaner Law Firm today at (303) 863-1445 to talk about your case.
This website has been prepared by Klibaner Law Firm for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.