Brain Injuries in Florida - FAQs
In an effort to help you obtain as much information needed as possible about head injuries in Florida, our personal injury attorneys have compiled a list of questions commonly asked by our clients. Feel free to browse through them and navigate to other pages of our site and contact us any time if you at 407.500.0000.
- What is a TBI and what are its causes?
- What are the different types of TBI?
- What is difference between concussion and TBI?
- What is a post-concussion syndrome and which the long term effects?
- What should I do after a head injury?
- Can I go back to work after suffering a traumatic brain injury?
- How can I tell if a head injury is mild or severe?
- Does TBI get worse over time?
- Is brain damage always permanent?
- How long can TBI symptoms last?
- Does TBI shorten your life?
- Can traumatic brain injuries be treated and cured?
- What are the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury?
- Can TBI symptoms show up years later?
- Can a TBI cause dementia?
- Can you fully recover from a TBI?
- How do you prove TBI?
- How do you test for TBI?
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. Back to FAQs
Traumatic brain injuries are often categorized as open (skull fracture or penetration) or closed (skull impact without fracture or penetration).Back to FAQs
Medical professionals commonly refer to a concussion as a “mild” traumatic brain injury. Back to FAQs
Post-concussion syndrome is a condition which may follow an impact to the head. Long-term effects may include: dizziness, headaches, fatigue, noise and light sensitivity, anxiety, and irritability.Back to FAQs
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.
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. Back to FAQs
The ability to return to work must be determined by a licensed medical professional.Back to FAQs
Examination by a licensed medical professional is required to diagnose any traumatic brain injury, associated severity, and appropriate treatment. Back to FAQs
Traumatic brain injuries can worsen over time. However, available data indicates that most victims will experience a positive recovery. Back to FAQs
Although brain damage can be permanent in nature, not all brain damage is necessarily long-lasting or permanent. Back to FAQs
Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries can be of short duration or permanent, depending on the individual, course of treatment, and extent and type of injury. Sometimes individuals believe that their symptoms are permanent but come to realize that with the passage of time, that their symptoms reduce or may go away entirely. Back to FAQs
Survivors of traumatic brain injuries have been shown to often have, but not necessarily have, decreased life expectancy when compared to the general population. Back to FAQs
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. Back to FAQs
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.Back to FAQs
Certain symptoms of traumatic brain injury, such as seizures, may appear years after the impact.Back to FAQs
Research has suggested that traumatic brain injuries may increase the risk of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, for some victims.Back to FAQs
Depending on the severity of injury, the circumstances involved, the course of treatment, and the individual involved, a full recovery is possible for some victims of traumatic brain injury.Back to FAQs
Examination by a licensed medical professional is required to diagnosis a traumatic brain injury.Back to FAQs
Licensed medical personnel commonly use, among other practices, the Glasgow Coma Scale, neurological exams, and imaging tests to diagnose traumatic brain injuries. Back to FAQs
Contact The TBI Attorneys at NeJame Law
Please call 407.500.0000 for your free case evaluation 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. Accidents Happen! and our experienced Central Florida TBI lawyers and staff can help.