It used to be that a bump on the head was treated with a bag of ice to reduce the swelling of the knot that resulted. Anyone who has suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), knows how debilitating and life altering it can be. However, not many people realize just how common these injuries are. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries are responsible for 275,000 hospitalizations and 52,000 deaths every year. A traumatic brain injury can result from any form of blunt or piercing impact to the head. TBI can result from a  car crash where the head is whipped violently back and forth with or without impacting anything in the cat. And those of us from New England know how slippery ice can be especially when covered by a thin dusting of snow. The list of TBI includes: Slip and falls, work accidents, and Sports.

Watch any National Football League (NFL) game on Sunday, Monday or Thursday and you will see a player who has a direct blow to the head, face, neck or elsewhere on their body where an “impulsive” force is transmitted to the head go through the NFL protocols regarding the diagnosis and management of a concussion. In fact the NFL adopted the definition as well as the protocols published by Drs. Paul McCory et al published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in 2013. The brain and its complicated functions was one of the few places in the human body that we knew very little about. Only in the last ten years has technology and research advanced to the point where the medical community became educated on  Brain Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury.

There are many symptoms that will be manifested in a Traumatic Brain Injury. Damaged brain tissue that is a result of a TBI can have a variety of behavior altering symptoms including: Depression, Impaired Speech, Impaired mobility, short term and long term memory loss, confusion, unexplained mood changes, persisting headaches, migraines, nausea, dizziness, vertigo, agitation and a short temper blurred vision, ringing ears, interruption of sleeping patterns that manifest in insomnia and sleeping for long periods of time.

A person experiencing TBI can feel numbness and tingling sensation in their arms and legs. TBI will can change the behavior to the point where family and friends can identify specific changes for example where the person enjoyed and was often the center of attention is now reserved to the point where the person will absurdly leave a gathering because they cannot focus their attention, forgetting names of family and long-term friends. The “noise” at a restaurant or family gathering at home can trigger a number of symptoms such as confusion, dizziness and headaches. TBI is a lifelong condition that can shorten life expectancy of a patient by many years.

When you experience a head injury or any violent event such as a fall you need to may have a Traumatic Brain Injury.  Unfortunately, treatments for a traumatic brain injury are very limited. Any treatment will first stabilize you after your head this is the most important step. Any number of medical interventions to assist in rehabilitation including surgery and psychological counseling is common. Because this type of injury can often be ignored because there may not be any outwardly physical signs of the trauma it is very important that family and friends get the person medical help quickly to increase the best possible chance for recovery.

Help is available if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury. A free consultation with a brain injury lawyer is available for people who have traumatic brain injuries. An experienced lawyer could help you receive compensation for your injury to cover your medical expenses and suffering.