Identifying the Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury After a California Traffic AccidentAugust 28, 2021
At Law Offices of Frank M. Nunes, Inc, our Traumatic Brain Injury attorneys in Fresno understand the incredible challenges our clients throughout California face after vehicle collisions or other incidents have impacted their quality of life, requiring them to work tirelessly to rebuild their overall health and wellness.
Unfortunately, according to the Centers for Disease Control, every 23 seconds throughout the country, someone suffers a Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI.
TBIs are responsible for more than 300,000 hospitalizations, over 90,000 long-term disabilities, and approximately 50,000 deaths each year.
Identifying the signs of a head or brain injury is imperative, so you or a loved one can seek the care you need to assess the overall damage and begin a medical treatment plan that will allow you to move forward with confidence.
Here are a few things to help our fellow Californians understand the complex medical issues of brain injuries after an accident.
What Are the Most Common Causes of California Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Traumatic brain injuries are caused by a jolt or blow to the head, which can occur in many ways.
The most common causes of traumatic brain injuries in California include:
- Motor vehicle collisions, including car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents
- Falls, including during slip and fall accidents
- Struck by or against an object, common work accidents
- Medical malpractice
With any sign of a head injury, seek medical care immediately, as all symptoms and signs may not be recognizable right away, and the damage can quickly worsen, become permanent, or cause death without notice.
What are the Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries in California?
Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, will affect each person differently.
Some TBI sufferers have physical, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive difficulties, or any of those challenges combined, depending on the severity of their injury and where it occurred in the brain.
Physical signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries may include, but are not limited to:
- Blurred vision
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual
- Disorientation or confusion
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss or changes in smell or taste
- Problems with speech
- Nausea or vomiting
- Ringing in the ears
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Skull fractures
Behavioral signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries may include, but are not limited to:
- Impulsive behavior
- Depression or anxiety
- Lack of empathy
- Mood changes or mood swings
- Lack of motivation or initiative
- Poor judgment
- Physical outbursts
- Risky behavior
- Rigidity and inflexibility
- Verbal outbursts
Cognitive signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries may include, but are not limited to:
- Complications with understanding others
- Difficulty in expressing thoughts
- Impaired decision-making ability
- Memory loss
- Shortened attention span
- Trouble processing information
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury because of another person or party’s negligence, contact our experienced personal injury attorneys in Fresno at Law Offices of Frank M. Nunes, Inc today by calling 559.436.0850 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options to hold them liable for your complete financial recovery.