What Happens Is You’re The Victim Of Traumatic Brain Injury?
With most injuries that happen to a specific part of the body, the damage is predictable based on the part or organ that is damaged. An eye injury, for example, will affect your vision, while an ear injury affects hearing. A leg injury will affect your mobility, while a lung injury will affect your breathing and other respiratory considerations.
Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a whole other order of magnitude. A severe impact on the head causes TBI. In most cases, the impact results in the brain colliding with the skull. In the worst injuries, the skull is broken, and something directly impacts the brain itself.
The brain is the “central computer” of your body, regulating autonomic functions like breathing, as well as voluntary actions like typing on a computer or even recalling your name and birthday. This means that a victim of TBI could suffer from a range of different symptoms.
The Short Term
In the immediate aftermath of TBI, there is a range of different symptoms that the injured may fall victim to. The most common symptoms are:
Loss Of Consciousness
This is by far the most common symptom, and it’s quite normal for TBI victims to get “knocked out” and regain consciousness later. The mild form of TBI is often referred to as a concussion.
Typically, TBI will cause a loss of memory for the events leading up to the injury. In many cases, a TBI victim will not be able to remember how an accident happened due to brain damage.
Nausea & Vomiting
Sometimes TBI can lead to a persistent sense of nausea that results in vomiting. If someone sustains a head injury and then vomits chronically shortly afterward, this is often a strong case for getting diagnosed for TBI.
Long Term Symptoms
Unfortunately, TBI isn’t always temporary. There can be a range of permanent, lifelong symptoms an accident victim may have to live with. Not all of the TBI symptoms are physical and they can include PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Long term physical symptoms from a traumatic brain injury are widely varied and can include any of the following:
If TBI results in neural damage, mobility may be impaired, requiring the assistance of a walker or even a wheelchair.
Sometimes healthy vision is permanently reduced by TBI requiring glasses or contact lenses to correct the issue.
An accident victim may get physically or mentally fatigued far faster than previously, requiring more breaks to rest and recover.
Sometimes emotions may be permanently affected, resulting in disorders such as depression, anxiety, or even aggression where these personality traits weren’t there before.
Recall, focus, and concentration may be permanently compromised in a TBI victim, meaning retention of facts or performing tasks requiring concentration may no longer be possible.
TBI can have a range of negative short and long-term consequences. It can affect a person’s immediate personal and professional prospects or result in lifelong impairments that may compromise the future. If you or someone you know is the victim of TBI due to someone else’s negligence, talk to an experienced Sarasota/Bradenton traumatic brain injury attorney and determine how those responsible can be held accountable for their actions.