Traumatic brain injuries can happen to any person, anywhere, any time. No matter if it is a car accident, a sports-related injury, a military injury, or a slip and fall in your own home; a traumatic brain injury can leave a person severely injured for the rest of his or her life.
Head injuries are serious injuries that may cause temporary or permanent damage, but what do some of these damages?
The National Institute of Health recently noted 6 serious brain functions affected by head injuries.
- Nerve Damage: A TBI can mildly to severely damage cranial nerves and have corresponding side effects to some significant abilities. Some reported complications include vision loss, facial muscle paralysis, difficulty swallowing, and loss in sense of smell.
- Intellectual Damage: There are potential risks for cognitive functions from head trauma. A person may experience memory loss, inability to use proper judgment, difficultly learning or processing things mentally, lack of attention and concentration, and failure to reason with others.
- Behavior: This falls in line very closely with intellectual damage, but causes more difficultly with an injured person’s ability to react socially with others. The victim may experience physical or verbal outbursts, self-esteem problems and lack of self-control.
- Communication Difficulty: Head injuries affect an individual’s cognitive functioning and, unfortunately, have a negative impact on one’s communication skills. This may include a difficulty in writing, speaking, understanding the two, and suffering from jumbled thoughts.
- Emotional Suffering: We have seen in many NFL and college football players who have suffered from closed head injuries and oftentimes, the effects can be deadly. Emotions can be completely altered depending on the severity of the injury and can lead to anxiety, mood swings, irritability, sleep issues, anger, and depression. In some instances, it has resulted in suicide.
- Sensory Effects: The final and most physically problematic brain functions affected by a TBI are a person’s senses. Complications may include double vision, tingling or pain of the skin, dizziness, ringing in ears, and difficulty with hand-eye coordination.
If you or a family member recently suffered a head injury and experienced any of these symptoms, it is imperative that you seek medical attention!
The longer you put off medical treatment, the more severe your symptoms may become.
If you have suffered a severe head injury due to a motor vehicle accident, you need to call me immediately. Having an experienced personal injury attorney will not only take the stress from you, but can make the process of a car accident claim smoother and quicker.
Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus, Dayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 1 (800) 556-4769.