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Head injuries happen all the time. Everyday, 138 people die as a result of injuries that include traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to the Centers for Disease Control. More than 2.2 million people visit the emergency room every year with TBI. Most are minor and are recovered from easily because our skulls protect us from those bumps and bruises that happen from time to time.

But sometimes, a hit to the head is hard enough to cause injury to the brain. The effects from a traumatic brain injury can have a wide range of physical and psychological effects. Symptoms don’t always appear right away. The brain is a mysterious thing and it is not always obvious what is injured in the beginning.

Mild Brain Injury Symptoms

A mild injury to the brain, according to the Mayo Clinic, is often characterized by these symptoms:

  • Brief loss of consciousness
  • No loss of consciousness, but a feeling of being dazed or confused
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue, drowsiness or sleeping more than usual
  • Feeling dizzy or losing balance
  • Blurry vision, ringing in the ears, sensitivity to light or sound or other “sensory” issues.
  • Mood changes or swings, problems concentrating or feelings of anxiety or depression can also indicate a brain injury.

Moderate and Severe Brain Injury Symptoms

According to the Mayo Clinic, a moderate or severe brain injury can include any of the symptoms of a mild brain injury, plus these additional symptoms.

  • Losing consciousness for several minutes or even hours.
  • A headache that persists or continues to get worse.
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Pupil dilation in one or both eyes
  • If you have drainage from your nose or ears that is clear, weakness or numbness in your fingers and toes, a loss of coordination, confusion, slurred speech, are easily agitated beyond usual levels, you may have a brain injury.
  • In children, a loss of interest in activities or toys, a change in eating habits, including nursing, an inability to be consoled (constant crying), or a change in sleeping habits can also indicate a brain injury.

Seek a doctor whenever a child or adult has had a severe blow to the head.

Common Brain Injuries

Common events causing traumatic brain injury, according to the Mayo Clinic, include the following:

Falling is one of the most common sources of brain injuries making up 40 percent of all TBI’s. Whether from the bed, slipping in the shower, down the steps, off a ladder, on the ice, falls are a very common source of traumatic brain injury in both adults and children.

Car accidents. Vehicle collisions with cars, motorcycles or bicycles — and pedestrians involved in such accidents — are a common cause of traumatic brain injury.

Violence. About 10 percent of traumatic brain injuries are assault related according to the CDC. The are “caused by violence, such as gunshot wounds, domestic violence or child abuse. Shaken baby syndrome is traumatic brain injury caused by the violent shaking of an infant that damages brain cells,” the Mayo Clinic reports.

Sports injuries. Many sports, including soccer, boxing, football, baseball, lacrosse, skateboarding, hockey, and other high-impact sports can cause traumatic brain injuries, especially from repetitive hits.

Explosive blasts and other combat injuries. In active duty personnel, explosions are a common cause of brain injury. According to the Mayo Clinic, “although the mechanism of damage isn’t yet well-understood, many researchers believe that the pressure wave passing through the brain significantly disrupts brain function.”

Types of Brain Injury

When you are hit in the head, injury can happen in a number of ways.

Bruising in your brain can occur when you are hit and your brain rushes forward and then backward. Bruising and bleeding in your brain can occur.

Tearing of the brain can occur when you are involved in a collision whether in a vehicle or if you fall off a ladder. If your head collides with something, you can risk tearing your brain. Small tears can affect the nervous center of your brain and impair body functions.

Swelling in the brain, caused by trauma such as that described above, can cause intra-cranial pressure. Swelling is a body’s natural response to protect an injured area. Unfortunately, in the brain, there is no where for the brain to go. Your ankle, for example, can get as big as it needs to because there are no limitations on it. However, your brain is enclosed in your skull and cannot get big because of that. Major swelling can impair bodily functions or even cause death.

What Happens Next

Whether you or your loved one’s accident is serious or minor, a traumatic brain injury means you may need financial assistance, whether for medical bills, lost wages, and other needs. Getting a medical evaluation to determine the level of impairment is crucial to moving forward. The medical evaluation needs to include the changes the injured individual will go through such as hospitalization, rehabilitation, and reintegration into home and community if the injury is very severe.

At this time, it is also important to protect your legal rights. While medical concerns will take precedence in the beginning, it is essential that you have someone looking out for what to do after the healing begins. An experienced attorney can help you decide if you need to pursue legal avenues to pay for the damage that has been done. If you decide to pursue a legal course of action, your attorney will proceed under, usually, a negligence theory or a liability theory.

Negligence can occur when you believe that someone was negligent and caused your injury – whether it was a drunk driver or playing a potentially dangerous sport without a release. In tort law, negligence is “conduct that falls below the standard established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm.” A driver, for example, has a duty to other drivers to respect the laws of the road and drive safely.

Liability can occur when a product is defective and causes an injury. If your ladder, for example, was made poorly and the rungs not properly attached, causing your fall, you could have a claim under a liability theory.

Your attorney will discuss the best options with you when you are ready to pursue them.

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