Traumatic brain injuries are common among people of all ages in the United States. They can occur as a result of traffic collisions, slip and falls, workplace incidents or a number of other types of accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 155 people die every day due to injuries stemming from traumatic brain damage. It is critical to know how to identify the signs of a brain injury so that you can seek medical attention as soon as possible and minimize the risk of developing a long-term injury.
The signs of traumatic brain injuries vary depending on the area of the brain that was injured, as well as the severity of the damage. Signs of mild to moderate brain injuries include the following:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Persistent headaches that increase in intensity
- Dizziness and constant fatigue
- Muscle tingling and weakness
- Sensory deficiencies, such as visual and hearing issues
- Trouble organizing, problem solving and thinking
Severe cases of traumatic brain injury lead to convulsions, unconsciousness, loss of memory and trouble speaking and understanding language. TBIs can cause mood swings and a change in personality as well.
TBIs occur when a sudden impact or jolt causes the brain tissue to bounce around within the bony skull cavity. This causes brain inflammation, bleeding and bruising which can increase in intensity over time. For example, inflammation in the brain tissue causes increased pressure in the skull cavity, which can cause further damage if left unattended.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.