Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have spent a lot of time in the news these past few years. Millions of people suffer TBIs each year from accidents and sports. Since TBIs can lead to death and permanent disabilities, take the time to learn how to identify and prevent a TBI.
What Is a TBI?
A traumatic brain injury damages the brain due to a blow, bump, jolt, or any other head trauma. While not every head injury causes TBI, see a doctor for a possible diagnosis anytime you hit your head.
TBI can produce symptoms ranging from mild to severe. The most common symptoms include:
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Tiredness or sleepiness
The most common symptoms of severe TBI can include:
- Headaches that get worse or won’t go away
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Slurred speech
- Convulsions or seizures
- Prolonged unconsciousness
These symptoms can vary significantly from one case to the next, so if you feel anything out of the ordinary after you hit your head, immediately seek medical attention just in case you sustained a brain injury.
Losses From TBI
A TBI diagnoses can cost you in many ways. Depending on the severity of your injury, the extensive medical bills stemming from TBIs can result in:
- Mild TBI – Visits to the emergency department, urgent care, or doctors for diagnosis, diagnostics imaging tests, and follow-up visits
- Moderate TBI – Admission to the hospital, visits to neurologists, rehabilitative therapies
- Severe TBI – Admission to the intensive care unit, surgery to relieve pressure or insert an intracranial pressure monitor, time in a rehabilitation facility, possible home assistance.
No matter what type of medical bills you incur, you have the right to hold any parties who caused your accident accountable for them.
In addition, a TBI can keep you from attending work—or never working again. A concussion may require you to rest for a few days, while a severe brain injury may cause permanent impairments that prevent you from performing your job. This can lead to a lifetime of lost opportunities and earning power.
Contact an Ocala Brain Injury Attorney to Discuss Your Case Today
At Meldon Law, we represent accident victims in and around Ocala, Florida, who suffered serious injuries in accidents. If another person caused your accident, we can explore every option so you may obtain the compensation you deserve for the many costs of your injuries. You need a law firm behind you with specific experience handling complicated brain injury claims. Call our skilled personal injury attorneys at (800) 373-8000 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.