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Traumatic Brain Injury: What are the signs?

Know the Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Oftentimes, when a person is involved in an accident they feel sore afterward; most times, they feel pain in their neck or their back. These are common injuries. But sometimes accident victims experience head pain following an accident. This can be because they hit their head during the accident on a steering wheel or a window, or because their head was jerked around so much during the accident. When these types of pain surface, it is always a good idea to be evaluated for a potential traumatic brain injury. This article will explain to you what a traumatic brain injury is, how they are caused, and what sort of treatment you could expect moving forward.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a form of brain injury caused by sudden damage to the brain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the leading causes of TBI to be falls, motor vehicle and pedestrian-related accidents, collision-related (being struck by or against) events, and violent assaults.[1] Usually, during an accident, this damage is caused when you hit your head against something inside the car when you were struck.

This damage usually results in two different types of damage: primary and secondary trauma. The first of these is known as primary brain damage. This sort of damage takes place at the moment of impact and usually consists of skull fractures, bleeding in the brain, and blood clots. Then there are secondary brain damages. These damages usually develop some time after the accident and are not immediately noticeable. They can include increased blood pressure within the skull, seizures, and brain swelling.

How will I know if I have a traumatic brain injury?

After an accident, if you feel as though you may have a traumatic brain injury, it is important to get evaluated immediately. The easiest way for a physician to determine whether or not you have a brain injury is to undergo an imaging study such as a CT scan or an MRI. Based on these results, a physician will then be able to tell whether you have suffered an injury or not.

If the physician determines that you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, the next step would be to get you set up with a team of doctors and professionals who specialize in treating victims of a traumatic brain injury. Depending on your individual needs, you may meet with a pathologist, a neuropsychologist, a physical therapist, a speech-language pathologist, etc.

What are some of the problems you may experience after a TBI?

Each case is different meaning traumatic brain injury symptoms can manifest in different ways. It all depends on which area of the brain was affected. It is possible that you may have physical issues which can include headaches, seizures, issues with balance, issues with coordination, vomiting, nausea, etc. A person may also experience sensory deficits. These can result in a person becoming unbalanced and being unable to locate themselves in relation to other objects around them.

The next kind of changes a person could experience are behavioral changes. A person who has behavioral changes is likely to feel more depressed, agitated, or frustrated. One major area that should be a huge cause for concern is if you notice that you are having trouble with communication. If you find yourself having trouble communicating correctly, slurring your words, or any difficulty spelling or writing after your accident, you may be suffering from communication deficits as a result of the traumatic injury to your brain.

Traumatic Brain Injury Causes

Traumatic brain injuries are caused by some kind of severe force acting upon the head. Usually, this will consist of a physical blow to the skull that can take the form of a dashboard someone hits their head on in an accident, hitting your head on the ground when falling, or some kind of debris falling or being flung into the skull at high speeds. While direct physical trauma is more common, traumatic brain injuries can also be inflicted by severe forces caused by intense jerking of the head such as in an accident where a head can snap quickly because of the sudden acceleration caused by a collision with an object.

There are a disturbing number of people that fail to seek medical care for traumatic brain injuries because they fail to heed warning signs but also because they don’t consider the blow to their skull strong enough to inflict such an injury. Regardless of the perceived strength of a blow to your head, you should always seek the help of a medical professional after suffering a blow to your head.

Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney

Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA is a Clearwater personal injury law firm located in central Pinellas County, with locations in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, New Port Richie, and Sarasota. If you feel as though you or someone you know is suffering from a traumatic brain injury, please feel free to reach out to the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA. The attorneys at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA limit their practice to personal injury law and represent only consumers and have never nor will ever represent the interests of an insurance carrier. If you need help with your case, please give us a call and we will do everything we can to get you the compensation you deserve.
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[1] https://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/TBI/