Brain injuries, also called traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), affect millions of people each year. Every day, in fact, 138 people in the United States die from injuries that include TBI. Many others who survive such injuries often suffer significant consequences to their physical and mental health — sometimes for the rest of their lives.
Some of the most common incidents that can cause a brain injury include:
- -Motor vehicle accidents, including car, truck, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents
- -Construction accidents
- -Swimming accidents and drowning
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, it’s important to contact the attorneys at Perry Charnoff immediately. You and your family may be entitled to compensation for costs like medical bills and lost wages as well as your pain and suffering. Our attorneys have years of trial experience, and we’ll fight aggressively to see that you receive justice.
Know the Symptoms of a Brain Injury
One of the reasons that brain injuries are so dangerous is that they can be difficult to diagnose and their symptoms can manifest slowly after an injury or impact to the head. Sometimes these signs show up over a period of hours, days, or even weeks.
In addition, no two brain injuries are exactly alike, and the complex nature of the brain means that an injury to this critical organ can produce a wide range of cognitive and behavioral symptoms. This is why it’s especially important to recognize the possible signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury and seek medical help immediately if you or a loved one begins to display these signs after a concussion or blow to the head.
Some of the more common symptoms of a brain injury include:
- -Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
- -A state of being dazed, confused, or disoriented
- -Nausea or vomiting
- -Fatigue or drowsiness
- -Convulsions or seizures
- -Dilation of one or both pupils
- -Weakness or numbness in fingers and/or toes
- -Difficulty sleeping and/or waking from sleep
- -Sleeping more than usual
- -Dizziness or loss of balance
- -Loss of coordination
- -Sensory problems, such as blurred vision, ringing in the ears, a bad taste in the mouth, or changes in the ability to smell
- -Sensitivity to light or sound
Cognitive or mental symptoms
- -Memory or concentration problems
- -Mood changes or mood swings
- -Feeling depressed or anxious
- -Slurred speech
In addition, parents need to be aware that infants and young children who suffer an impact to the head may not be able to communicate brain injury symptoms such as headaches or confusion. Instead, parents should learn to look for the following brain injury symptoms in young children:
- -Changes in eating or nursing habits
- -Persistent crying
- -Unusual irritability
- -Inability to pay attention
- -Changes in sleep habits
- -Sad or depressed mood
- -Loss of interest in favorite toys or activities
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, don’t wait to take action and demand justice. Contact the catastrophic injury attorneys at Perry Charnoff today.
Perry Charnoff PLLC
At Perry Charnoff, our attorneys will work with you closely through every step of the legal process in order to handle your case with the dignity and respect it deserves. As dedicated trial attorneys, we approach each case ready to fight for your rights in the courtroom. We offer free consultations, and our contingent fee policy guarantees that you will not pay any attorney fees unless we achieve a recovery in your case. Please call us today at (703) 291-6650 or complete the form on this page to learn more.
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Traumatic brain injury: Symptoms. (2014, May 15). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/basics/symptoms/con-20029302
TBI: Get the facts. (2016, January 22). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html