Traumatic Brain Injuries are serious, sometimes fatal injuries that can occur to those involved in car crashes. Often, my clients will be so concerned with the physical pain they have in their neck, back, shoulder, etc. they will fail to consider that their trauma to and resultant symptoms within their head and brain could indicate a much larger, more dangerous issue.
The trauma that causes what medical professionals refer to as Traumatic Brain Injuries typically causes contusions (or bruising) of the brain. These contusions allow blood to leak from the brains blood vessels and into the extravascular space. The contusions result in brain cell death and local loss of tissue and, depending on the severity of the injury, generalized atrophy in the area of the contusion. Certain types of injuries, if they affect the brain stem, can cause slurred speech and severe loss of coordination and muscle control.
However, beyond the physical pain and loss of brain function and appendage coordination, victims of Traumatic Brain Injury can be the cause of psychological issues as well. Previously, the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA has blogged about the relationship between Traumatic Brain Injury and Schizophrenia previously. Additionally, there have been studies conducted that found links between Traumatic Brain Injury and depressive disorders and psychotic personality disorders.
Brain Injury Warning Signs to Watch For
Traumatic Brain Injuries have severe and long-lasting consequences for both the afflicted and those around them. Victims of Traumatic Brain Injury are prone to irritability, aggression, cognitive defects, behavioral problems, and difficulty in emotional functioning. Additionally, researchers have found that victims of Traumatic Brain Injuries were more likely to someday suffer from major depression, alcoholism, panic disorder, phobias, and psychotic personality disorders.
Up to two thirds of Traumatic Brain Injury victims have later been found to be affected by significant personality changes. The most common behavioral characteristics in Traumatic Brain Injury sufferers are “altered emotion (including restricted emotions with occasional inappropriate or uncontrolled emotional outbursts); impaired judgment and decision–making (including difficulty arriving at decisions as well as poor decisions); impaired initiation, planning, and organization of behavior; and defective social comportment (including egocentricity and impaired empathy).” These studies found that these issues were often coupled with a marked lack of insight.
If you or someone you know has been involved in slip or trip and fall or an automobile accident, here are some symptoms to be weary of: headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, fatigue or lethargy, change in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes, difficulty with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking. If you have noticed an uptick in these symptoms in yourself or someone you know who has recently been involved in an accident, do not hesitate to have them seek medical care.
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If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the physical, cognitive or emotional symptoms discussed above, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced Florida traumatic brain injury attorney. Furthermore, if you or a loved one has sustained a blow to the head or a whiplash injury as a result of the negligence exhibited by an individual or corporation, it is important to be treated by a physician familiar with traumatic brain injury to determine whether an injury to the brain has actually occurred. A traumatic brain injury can have a pronounced effect on your quality of life including the ability to interact with loved ones and friends as well as the ability to work.
For more information on the relationship between a brain injury and an automobile accident or motorcycle accident, please contact the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA at (727) 451-6900. The attorneys at the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA are experienced and aggressive Florida traumatic brain injury attorneys who are often called upon by their colleagues to co-counsel head injury cases throughout the State of Florida. If our injury law attorneys can be of any further assistance, do not hesitate to call us immediately for a free case evaluation and consultation.
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