A Closer Look at Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs from a blunt or penetrating trauma to the brain. While mild TBI could result in a temporary dysfunction of brain cells, more serious cases lead to long-term, debilitating issues, such as paralysis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1.7 million people in the U.S. suffer from a TBI each year.

Common Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury

The physical and mental effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) often vary based on the severity of the injury. In most cases, the effects are intense immediately after the injury occurs.

Physical effects of TBI include:

  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Speech issues
  • Hearing loss
  • Dizziness
  • Balancing difficulties
  • Lack of energy
  • Sleeping issues

Mental effects of TBI include:

  • Memory loss
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Impaired decision making
  • Lack of focus
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Common Treatments for TBI

Depending on the severity of the injury, treatment options vary. Mild TBI can typically be treated at home with over-the-counter pain medication and plenty of rest. Keep in mind that you need to be aware of lingering symptoms which may worsen over time. If symptoms appear to be getting worse, you need to visit a doctor right away. Severe TBI can be treated in various ways, often using two or more treatment options in conjunction with one another.

Common treatment options for severe TBI include:

  • Immediate emergency medical attention and care
  • Medications
  • Surgery
  • Rehabilitation

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, you should consult with an experienced brain injury lawyer. Contact us and request a free consultation with our Seattle personal injury attorney today.

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