The effects of such an injury may not always be definitive at first, and unusual symptoms and erratic behavior may become apparent to family members first.
After a blow to the head, the TBI is usually caused as the brain is jostled around. This may be minor or severe—and the repercussions may be temporary or long-lasting.
The symptoms can be delayed, but if you or a family member have been affected, the TBI may manifest itself with loss of consciousness, headaches, nausea, and even coma.
These types of injuries are classified as mild, moderate, and severe—but all forms of the TBI should be taken seriously and monitored closely.
Unfortunately, different behavior in personality and mood swings are all too common after such an injury. And while the individual who was hurt may not be aware of the issue or the severity of the trauma, others may notice obvious signs of disorientation, as well as a sudden inclination to become angry or agitated.
Depression and anxiety may be caused by changes in the brain due to the injury, leading to a host of different symptoms. Striking a large percentage of those affected by a TBI, individuals may feel a sense of hopelessness as well as increasing sadness, and they may begin to avoid others and isolate themselves.
They may have difficulty concentrating, sleeping, and may seem to have much less energy than before. Suicidal thoughts may be present as well, making the condition even more threatening to their well-being.
While medications such as antidepressants can help with the TBI, there may be other more serious issues as well, ranging from loss of memory to lack of coordination, seizures, coma, and even death.
TBIs affect 1.7 million each year, with children and seniors being most vulnerable—and according to the CDC, those 75 and older are most likely to be in the hospital or even die due to a TBI.
If you or a loved one have been affected by an injury caused by the negligence of others and are seeking a skilled traumatic brain injury lawyer, contact Heintz & Becker today.
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