Brain injuries are often the most devastating injuries from which a person can suffer. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur in a car accident, a slip, and fall, a construction accident, or any other type of unexpected incident. Trauma to the brain can have a major, long-lasting impact on the victim’s future.
Many patients who sustain TBI find that their lives and the lives of their loved ones are permanently altered. Brain injuries can leave patients with changes in mood and personality, chronic headaches, and losses in coordination and overall motor functions or even mental capacity.
If you were involved in a Denver accident that was due to someone else’s negligence and sustained a TBI, you need strong legal representation on your side to help you receive compensation for the physical and financial effects of the injury. If your TBI was caused by the carelessness or recklessness of another party, you may be entitled to pursue compensation in a personal injury claim. The experienced and knowledgeable Denver traumatic brain injury legal team at Olson Law Firm, LLC will help you. At this difficult time in your life, you should focus on one thing and one thing only, healing. You should be able to put your trust in a team of experts who will help you get the compensation you deserve. You focus on now and we’ll focus on your future.
Since 2012, our firm has been committed to providing compassionate and successful representation to brain injury victims in Denver and throughout Colorado and Wyoming. It is our mission to help people who have sustained life-altering catastrophic injuries due to the negligence of others. Our relentless advocacy has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for deserving clients.
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What Is a Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injuries are caused by sudden jolts or penetrating injuries to the head that cause damage to the brain. Closed head injuries are typically the result of a bump, blow, or knock to the head that damages the brain while leaving the skull intact. Penetrating injuries, on the other hand, are caused by objects or even bone fragments that penetrate the skull and result in direct trauma to the soft tissue of the brain.
Some brain injuries, such as concussions, can be less severe. But many concussions cause serious, lasting trauma. In some cases, people who suffer concussions make full recoveries over time. Because there can be concussions that lead to more severe issues, it is very important no matter how “minor” the injury may seem at the time, that if you sustain a head injury of any type you get a full workup by a physician. More severe TBIs have serious effects that can range from memory loss to comas and possibly even death. Even in minor cases, the effects of a concussion-like memory loss, word recognition, and headaches can last for months or years.
Brain injuries can happen to anyone, but there are certain groups of people who are especially susceptible to TBIs. According to data from the National Library of Medicine, men are more likely to suffer TBI than women. Men are also more prone to sustaining a severe TBI. Adults who are 65 years old or older are most at-risk for TBI which results in hospitalization or death. American children also represent a significant proportion of all TBI hospitalizations each year.
Symptoms of a Brain Injury
In the most serious cases, brain injuries are easy to spot because of the visible trauma to a victim’s head. However, many TBI cases involve injuries that are largely invisible. This can make a TBI difficult to diagnose. TBI symptoms also vary widely from patient to patient. They may not even be noticeable for weeks or months after the initial trauma.
Some common symptoms of relatively mild forms of TBI include:
- Brief losses of consciousness, though many mild TBI patients remain conscious after they are injured
- Feelings of being dazed, disoriented, or confused
- Headaches, lightheadedness, and dizziness
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Blurred vision and feelings of tired eyes
- Nausea, vomiting, and unpleasant taste in the mouth
- Differences in the ability to smell
- Tinnitus, the medical term for ringing in the ears
- Abnormal sensitivity to light or sound
- Difficulties with memory and concentration
- Difficulties with attention, thinking, and decision-making
- Changes in behavior, mood, or sleep patterns
- Depression and anxiety
If you suffered a moderate or severe TBI, you may experience one or more of these symptoms of mild TBI.