What is a Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a brain injury caused by a blow, jolt, or some sort of penetration of the head. A traumatic brain injury can occur during a car accident, from being tackled during a football game, or from a combat-related wound.

After a TBI, nerve cells in the brain may be damaged. The neurons may have trouble doing their job of carrying signals to different parts of the brain. Brain injuries may cause you difficulty thinking and move normally. Your body may also have problems working properly if your brain isn’t working properly.

Most cases of traumatic brain injury that occur each year are mild. A concussion is a minor form of brain injury. But, many TBIs can be severe. Severe brain injuries require emergency care. People with severe injuries may require a lengthy recovery period, and their symptoms can linger for a long time.

Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

TBIs can cause many symptoms, depending on how severe they are and where they occur in the brain. These are possible symptoms TBI:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Memory problems
  • Trouble thinking
  • Mood changes
  • Personality changes
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Seizures
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Trouble waking up
  • Problems with coordination
  • Weakness or numbness in the arms or legs

Is a TBI Treatable?

A TBI is treatable up to a point. Mild brain injuries generally do not require a great degree of medical attention. Severe TBI’s may require surgery to treat bleeding or bruising in the brain. After treatment for a Traumatic Brain Injury, rehabilitation will probably be necessary. As part of the rehabilitation process, a therapist may help you regain abilities and skills that were lost due to the injury. For example, you may need help learning to speak, move, and take care of yourself again. Social support plays a major role in rehabilitation for you and your family.

Does a Family Member or Friend Have a TBI?

If you have a family member or a friend that has a TBI, you should speak with a traumatic brain injury attorney as soon as possible, as you may be due some compensation. Call a traumatic brain injury lawyer at 317-548-0672.