A traumatic brain injury, commonly referred to as a “TBI,” is generally an injury that is caused by an impact to the head or body. TBIs can range from mild to severe, according to theNational Institute of Health’s (NIH) Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Typically, a mild TBI may affect a victim’s functionality for a temporary period. A more serious TBI, on the other hand, may result in damage to the brain including bleeding, bruising, torn tissues and other harm that result in long-term complications or even death. Survivors of TBIs often struggle with numerous medical issues including cognitive, psychological, emotional, physical, and communicative deficiencies. TBI victims often need expensive and sometimes intense and long-term care and rehabilitation.
TBIs: Common Causes
Traumatic brain injuries happen when a sudden trauma causes damage to the victim’s brain. A TBI can happen when the head suddenly and violently hits an object or when an object pierces the skull of the victim and enters his or her brain tissue. Depending on the extent of the damage, TBI symptoms can be mild, moderate, or severe.
While a TBI is caused by a direct blow to the head, or when a person’s brain is jarred inside the skull due to an external impact, there are several types of accidents that can result in this type of injury. Some, but not all, of these include:
- Truck accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Car accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Sports injuries;
- Workplace accidents;
- Slip or trip and fall accidents; and
If you or someone you care about has suffered a TBI, no matter the severity of the injury, it is vital that you seek medical attention immediately. After you have sought treatment by a healthcare provider for a TBI, contact a skilled personal injury attorney to preserve your rights under Nevada law.
Common TBI Symptoms
The symptoms resulting from a TBI can differ for each victim and is highly dependent upon the seriousness of the accident that caused the brain injury. Prevent of future damage to the brain is important, so identification of the symptoms of a TBI early on is critical. Unfortunately, symptoms from a TBI are latent meaning they may not always appear right away. Some signs of a TBI after an accident may include:
- Difficulty sleeping;
- Vision issues;
- Light sensitivity;
- Coordination issues;
- Difficulty waking up from sleep;
- Loss of memory;
- Chronic headaches;
- Changes in temperament; and
- Personality changes.
Sometimes, the symptoms of a TBI may lessen over time. For this reason, it is important to closely keep an eye on an injured victim for all signs of a brain injury after an accident.
Our Las Vegas Attorneys can Help
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury, or you suspect they may have a TBI, as a result of a Nevada accident contact an attorney right away. The skilled and experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Matt Pfau Law Group have working knowledge of all types of brain injuries. We will fight for you and seek out the monetary compensation to which you are entitled.