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Part I: The basics of traumatic brain injuries

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury — from a fall, car accident or any other type of incident — it is important to know that you are not alone. Every year, millions of Americans are the victim of a traumatic brain injury, also known as a TBI.

In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 2.5 million people in the U.S. were treated in an emergency room for a TBI in 2010. In addition, about 280,000 people had to be hospitalized because of a TBI that year.

 

In some cases, it may be difficult to know whether you have suffered a TBI. If you have sustained a trauma to the head, you may be at risk. In addition, if you have been deprived of oxygen for a period of time — such as in a near-drowning incident — you may have a TBI.

In any of those scenarios, it is a good idea to see a doctor as quickly as possible. A physician will be able to run tests to determine whether you have been the victim of a TBI.

Some of the symptoms you will want to watch out for include:

  • Headaches and/or dizziness
  • Nausea or throwing up
  • Changes to your sleep patterns (sleeping more or less than normal)
  • Issues with your senses (blurry vision, ringing in your ears)
  • Memory problems
  • Mood swings

Many times, people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries also find themselves facing depression and anxiety for the first time in their lives. Some estimates indicate from 15 to 70 percent of people with a TBI suffer from mental health problems afterward.

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury because of someone else’s negligence, it is important to know that you have rights. Let an attorney worry about your financial recovery so you can focus on your physical recovery.

 

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