Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are sneaky. Sometimes, victims don’t realize immediately that they may have suffered one. TBIs can occur through various means, some of which don’t appear severe at first. Look for the following signs after you have suffered a mishap in Florida, even if the accident was minor.
TBI causes and symptoms
Brain injuries occur when someone suffers a blow to the head or a penetrating head injury, disrupting the brain’s normal function. Not all hits result in a TBI, but the effects can range from mild to severe when it does occur. About 75% of TBIs that occur annually are mild. Symptoms of mild TBI include:
- Arm or leg weakness
- Memory impairment
- Blurred vision
Symptoms of moderate and severe TBI include:
- Repeated nausea or vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Problem with thinking and learning
TBI can be difficult to diagnose. Medical exams are required, usually involving neurological assessment that evaluates thinking, motor and sensory function, coordinating, eye movement and reflexes. Imaging tests cannot detect all TBIs, but some can help rule out more serious brain injuries, such as bleeds, that may mimic TBI symptoms. Getting quick diagnostic assessment and treatment is essential when treating TBIs no matter how mild or severe.
Long-term results of a TBI
Personal injuries involving your brain and other parts of your body can arise from various circumstances, such as motor vehicle accidents, mishaps on premises and others. Many require long-lasting care and can even cause permanent disability if the injury is severe. Even more mild brain injuries can have long-lasting results that require years of therapy to overcome.
Filing a personal injury claim can bring you needed money for medical treatments and therapy to help you live as close to a normal life as possible following the incident. A successful claim can also give you money to live on while recovering and unable to work.