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One of the most severe types of injuries that someone can experience is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the head. 

Traumatic brain injuries can result when the head violently hits an object, or when an object penetrates the head and enters the brain.

How do Traumatic Brain Injuries Happen?

There are several common ways that someone could develop a traumatic brain injury. These can include:

  • Workplace Accident: It is not unusual for someone to sustain a traumatic brain injury while at work. Those who work with heavy types of machinery, such as forklifts, or those who work at great heights, such as construction workers, are at a markedly increased risk of sustaining such a severe injury; however, even those who work in an office can sustain neurological damage, particularly if they slip and fall down a staircase.
  • Auto Accident: Anyone who has operated a motor vehicle in the past understands that car crashes can happen at any time. Furthermore, every car accident, no matter how minor, carries with it a risk of sustaining serious injuries. If people are involved in a rollover accident, rear-end collision, or even a fender bender, their head could strike the steering wheel or dashboard of their vehicle. This can lead to trauma to the brain tissue inside of the skull, causing serious neurological damage.
  • Pedestrian Injuries: People can even sustain a brain injury while walking across the street. Whether it is a bike, motorcycle, or car, a collision with a pedestrian can lead to significant trauma. When the pedestrian’s head strikes the hood of the car or the pavement, serious neurological damage can develop. This could create problems that could last the rest of the individual’s life.
The Symptoms of a Brain Injury Can Vary Widely

One of the most common questions that people ask is about the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury. Depending on the type and the severity of the injury, these symptoms can vary from person to person. Some of the symptoms that people should watch out for include:

  • Bleeding: This is a symptom that can be hard to detect. While some people may have bleeding come out of the ears, nose, or eyes, some bleeding can occur inside the skull cavity. Because it hides in this compartment, people may not notice it until it is too late. Any bleeding coming from the ears or nose should immediately prompt someone to seek urgent medical attention.
  • Memory Loss: People may also notice that they have trouble remembering what they did that day, the names and faces of loved ones, or even how to get home. Memory loss can occur when people have sustained neurological damage. Any issues remembering old memories or forming new ones should be evaluated by a trained medical provider.
  • Loss of Consciousness: Particularly severe neurological injuries could lead to an immediate loss of consciousness at the accident scene; however, people could even lose consciousness after the initial event. If there is bleeding in the brain, this could gradually apply pressure to the brain tissue, eventually leading to a loss of consciousness. This merits emergent medical attention.
  • Loss of Vision: If there is swelling in the skull cavity, this could apply pressure to the optic nerves. If this pressure becomes too great, it could lead to a sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes. Any type of vision loss should be evaluated as quickly as possible by a medical professional. It could help save someone’s sight.

The video below discusses some of the symptoms and danger signs of a traumatic brain injury.

Ancillary Issues can Arise from Severe Brain Injuries

While people should always seek the best medical care available for brain injuries, other issues deserve people’s attention as well. These include:

  • Insurance Issues: These injuries can lead to costly medical bills that many people assume insurance will pay for; however, what happens if insurance companies refuse to cover these costs? How is a family going to make ends meet?
  • Workplace Problems: People who have developed a brain injury could wind up missing a significant amount of time from their job. After using up all of their vacation days and sick days, people could be at risk of losing their job. What is going to happen if this occurs?
  • Negligence: Many times, people sustain brain injuries as a result of the negligence of someone else. In this situation, the negligent party should be held responsible for the medical bills and emotional damage caused by this injury.
Dixon Brain Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Dixon Brain Injury Lawyer. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, please contact me for free, friendly advice at (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400.

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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 3.5.21]

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