According to the Brain Trauma Foundation, approximately 52,000 deaths occur each year due to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Unlike a mild concussion in which you may quickly recover, traumatic brain injuries cause roughly 1.5 million Americans to suffer a disability when serious trauma to the brain occurs. TBI’s typically follow serious accidents that result from:
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury, then your first step should be to contact a brain injury attorney experienced in litigating personal injury cases, like those at Long & Long in Mobile, AL.
Head injury damage can be classified as either focal (centered in one area of the brain, or diffuse (when more than one area of the brain is involved), The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) indicates that a TBI not only can occur when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, but also can happen when an object pierces the skull and enters the brain.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Whether you suffer from a mild, moderate or severe TBI, the brain damage may not be immediately evident. Although memory loss is the most common symptom, other indications may materialize days, weeks, or even months after the initial head trauma. When a mild TBI has occurred, the warning signs may include:
- Lightheadedness or sense of spinning
- Blurry or double vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Fatigue or lethargy
- Sleep difficulties
- Behavior or mood changes
- Difficulty concentrating or thinking
When headaches worsen over time, or never subside, a moderate to severe case of TBI may exist. Immediate emergency medical attention is necessary when the following signs are visible:
- Vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- Loss of consciousness (more than 30 minutes)
- Dilation of one or both pupils
- Slurred speech
- Weakness or numbness in the limbs
- Loss of coordination and possibly bowel movements
- Increased confusion, restlessness or agitation
Assisting Traumatic Brain Injury Victims
After a traumatic brain injury, many victims need a variety of therapies, including: physical, occupational, speech/language, psychological and social support. The initial injury, coupled with the additional stressors on the family, can cause extensive pain and suffering for all. Contact the brain injury attorneys at Long & Long in Mobile, AL today to schedule a no-cost consultation. Our attorneys can help you determine the best course of action as you seek to recover your personal losses.
Contact the personal injury lawyers at Long & Long today – 251-432-2277. Our law firm helps injury victims from Mobile, Orange Beach, and Baldwin County, Alabama. Free consultation available, calls answered 24/7!