Traumatic Brain Injuries
Florida Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys
Published on June 7 2019 | By Christopher Baker - Orlando Personal Injury Attorney
Always dial 911 and seek emergency medical attention if you or a loved one experiences a blow to the head or body that is worrisome or causes behavioral changes. Even mild brain injuries require immediate and urgent medical attention.
This article contains general information only. This is not professional medical advice. Consult a medical professional regarding any injuries, symptoms, or medical concerns. With that being said, continue reading for statistics, causes, symptoms, and treatment information regarding traumatic brain injuries.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), traumatic brain injury (TBI) or craniocerebral trauma is the leading cause of disability and death in children and young adults in the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines TBI as a disruption in the normal function of the brain, which can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury, ranging from mild, affecting the body temporarily, to severe, causing permanent or long-term injuries and even death.
Available CDC data states that around 50% of all TBI-related injuries involve falls – with children and older adults disproportionately represented. Auto accidents account for around 20% of TBI-related injuries. Some common symptoms of mild TBI include: short loss of consciousness, dazed, disoriented or confused state of mind, headaches, nausea or vomiting, speech problems fatigue, drowsiness, loss of balance, blurred vision, bad taste in the mouth, inability to smell, ringing in the ears, and sensitivity to light or sound.
When these symptoms become more persistent, moderate to severe TBI could occur. Some common symptoms of moderate to severe TBI include: convulsions or seizures, dilation of one or both pupils, fluid draining from the nose or ears, inability to awaken from sleep, loss of feeling or weakness in fingers or toes, loss of coordination, confusion, slurred speech, and loss of consciousness for several minutes to hours.
Treatment for traumatic brain injuries may include rest, therapy, medication, and surgery. Mild TBI can typically be resolved with rest and over-the-counter medications. Moderate to severe TBI can require emergency medical attention and surgeries to remove blood clots, repair skull fractures, and relieve pressure from inside the skull. Treatment usually starts at the hospital and continues in an inpatient or residential rehabilitation facility or outpatient treatment service provider. Duration varies depending on the individual and severity of the condition.
Common specialists who provide rehabilitation for traumatic brain injuries include: neuropsychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physiatrists, speech and language pathologists, nurses, recreational therapists, and counselors.
Some common long-term effects of traumatic brain injury include: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, sleep disorders, memory problems, difficulty with attention, focus, or concentration, speech difficulties, problems with planning, cognitive flexibility, abstract thinking, slurred speech, seizures, blurred vision, nystagmus, hearing loss, anosmia, and tinnitus.
Please call 407.500.0000 for your free consultation if you or someone you know has suffered a traumatic brain injury, at no fault of their own, due to an automobile accident, slip and fall, violence, sport injury, defective product or otherwise – our experienced Florida TBI lawyers and staff can help.
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