A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a condition caused by a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. A TBI can range from mild to severe and can have long-lasting effects on a person’s physical and cognitive abilities. Symptoms of a TBI can include, but are not limited to: headache, dizziness, confusion, loss of consciousness, fatigue and memory problems. In more severe cases, a TBI can cause permanent damage, such as a coma, seizures or paralysis. Some long-term effects of a TBI can include difficulty with speech, attention, vision, hearing, as well as changes in mood or behavior.
There are several different ways a TBI can occur. One common cause is a fall, especially in older adults. Car accidents are another common cause of TBIs, especially if the person was not wearing a seatbelt or was hit in the head by an object during the crash. Athletes engaging in contact sports such as football and hockey, who are prone to concussions, can also suffer TBIs. When it comes to personal injuries, a TBI can be caused by a wide range of accidents. For example, a slip and fall accident can result in a TBI if the person hits their head on a hard surface.
In some cases, a TBI can be prevented. Wearing a helmet while riding a bike or while participating in sports can greatly mitigate the risks. Similarly, using a seat-belt and following safe driving practices can reduce the risk of a TBI in car accidents. Workplace safety measures, such as providing employees with hard hats and safety goggles can also help prevent TBIs.
If you or someone you know has suffered a TBI as a result of an accident or personal injury, early treatment can help minimize the long-term effects of and improve the chances of a recovery.
Additionally, it may be helpful to consult with a personal injury lawyer to determine if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries if your TBI was due to the negligence of another party. Those in Indiana can contact an experienced attorney at Hurst Limontes LLC and we will be happy to assist you in reviewing your case. We work on a contingency basis, meaning there is no cost to you unless we reach a settlement or jury verdict award on your behalf.
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