When accidents occur, injuries can be severe, even when symptoms are not immediately apparent. Head and brain injuries are one of the most common types of accidental injuries, and while the symptoms may be subtle at times, the damage these injuries cause can be permanent and potentially life threatening. In terms of a personal injury claim it is important to be aware of the lasting ramifications a brain injury can have on your ability to work, to engage in hobbies and activities, or even to perform simple day to day tasks. In order to ensure you get the compensation you deserve in the aftermath of an accident resulting in a brain injury, we have assembled the following information about these types of injuries, and some of the most common symptoms and the impacts sufferers face.
Symptoms of A Brain Injury
According to doctors at the Mayo Clinic, head and brain injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI), are one of the most common types of accidental injury. Resulting from any type of bump, blow, or jolt to the head, they can occur as the result of a slip and fall, car accident, while playing recreational sports, or as the result of being struck or hit by an object. Even a seemingly minor accident can result in a serious, potentially disabling and even fatal injury, and it is important to get immediate care if you even suspect a brain injury has occurred. Common symptoms include:
- Headaches and blurred vision;
- Feeling nauseas or experiencing vomiting;
- Dizziness and loss of balance;
- Being excessively tired or unable to stay awake;
- Memory loss and being unable to remember details surrounding an accident;
- Irritability, mood swings, depression, and sudden outbursts of anger or rage; and
- Loss of consciousness.
Dealing with the Impacts of Brain Injuries
According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) as many as two million Americans suffer a brain injury each year. These injuries can result in permanent impairment, with the potential to impact the following:
- The ability to form thoughts or comprehend what is being said;
- Memory loss and the ability to understand what is going on around you;
- Sensory impairment, such as the ability to see, smell, feel, or taste;
- The ability to speak and use language to express thoughts or feelings; and
- Emotional health, which may lead to changes in the person’s personality.
Living with a brain injury often requires rehabilitation therapy, as well as assistance in everyday functions. Sufferers may be unable to return to work in their previous field, and may be unable to live alone due to concerns about their health and safety. When dealing with someone who has suffered a brain injury, it is important to keep a regular schedule and to help the person avoid isolating. Keep routines simple, and use labels throughout the home to help the sufferer remember and identify where clothing, personal care items, and household goods are located.
Let Us Assist You Today
If you or someone you care about has suffered a brain injury as the result of an accident or due to someone’s reckless or negligent conduct, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys. At Hogan Frick, we provide aggressive legal representation to assist accident victims in getting the compensation they need to recover from their injuries.