Common Symptoms Of A TBI
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), which are one of the most devastating injuries (depending on their severity) that a person can sustain, also happen to be one of the most common injuries suffered by accident victims. Those whose accidents involve a sudden blow or jolt to the head are particularly at risk of sustaining a TBI. While they do manifest differently depending on the person, there are a few symptoms that nearly all TBI patients experience.
Treating TBIs can be prohibitively expensive, especially in serious cases, so if you suffered a head injury in a Florida accident, you should consider speaking with an experienced Fort Lauderdale traumatic brain injury lawyer about your options for obtaining compensation.
Cognition, or the ability to reason and think, is often affected in TBI patients, who may suffer from some or all of the following cognitive problems:
- Difficulty concentrating and staying focused;
- An inability to think clearly;
- Difficulty remembering new information;
- Struggling when attempting to think through tasks quickly;
- Trouble organizing and keeping track of things;
- Experiencing slowed reaction time to changes in their surroundings; or
- Trouble communicating with others.
All of these symptoms, while they don’t necessarily manifest physically, can have significant repercussions on a person’s life, making it difficult to maintain relationships, complete day-to-day tasks, or fulfill employment-related duties.
Besides cognitive issues, TBI patients also experience a wide range of physical symptoms, including:
- Nausea or vomiting;
- Problems with balance;
- Loss of consciousness;
- Convulsions or seizures; and
- A general lack of coordination.
An accident victim who sustained a head injury may also experience sensory problems, like blurred vision or a ringing in the ears, or a sensitivity to light and noise. While some of these issues may resolve themselves over time, many continue to plague accident victims for years to come. For TBI patients who are suffering from some of the more severe physical symptoms, any kind of employment may become impossible.
The brain is one of the most complex organs in the human body, so it makes sense that even minor damage to such a critical part of the body could result in not only cognitive and physical problems, but also emotional issues as well. This has proven to be true for many TBI patients who may experience:
- Increased irritability;
- Severe depression;
- Drastic personality changes;
- Anxiety and increased nervousness; and
- Unexplained mood swings.
Certain medications and therapies can help treat these kinds of symptoms. That treatment, however, is often expensive and out of the reach of many patients. This can be extremely frustrating, especially for those whose injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence. Fortunately, accident victims who can prove that they suffered a serious TBI because of someone else’s careless or reckless conduct, could be entitled to a damages award that covers ongoing treatment and other accident-related losses.
Recovering Compensation for TBI Victims
For help navigating your own head injury accident claim, please reach out to the dedicated Florida TBI lawyers at Boone & Davis by calling our office at 954-566-9919 today.