Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can happen when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. They may take the form of mild, moderate or severe closed head injuries, and can include:
• Contusion (bruised brain tissue)
• Penetrating injury (when an object pierces the skull and injures the brain)
• Hematoma (blood clot in or around the brain)
TBIs can result from a range of traumatic incidents, including:
• Car accidents
• Truck accidents
• Motorcycle accidents
• Bicycle accidents
• Pedestrian collisions with cars and trucks
• Pedestrians hit by cars
• Sports-related accidents, like football and soccer injuries
• Blunt trauma (when the head is struck by or strikes an object)
TBIs are most common among children and older adults. How TBIs affect people depends on where the injury occurs in the brain, how severe it is, and how it affects the brain's ability to function.
Traumatic brain injuries can affect people in different ways. The effects of a TBI depend on which parts of the brain are injured and the extent of the damage. How a person is affected by a TBI also depends on his or her age, overall health, the severity of the injury, and personal circumstances.
Some common symptoms of TBIs include:
• Confusion and memory loss
• Issues with speech, language or reading comprehension
• Loss of coordination and fine motor skills (which can sometimes improve over time)
• Mood swings and irritability (which may suggest a concussion)
• Anxiety or depression (which can sometimes develop over time)
• Sensitivity to light or sound
• Sleep disturbances (difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up frequently during the night)
If you've suffered a TBI because of someone else's negligence, contact our Charlotte traumatic brain injury lawyers at Dewey Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your situation and explain your legal options.