Raising Awareness of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Injuries as the result of accidents or due to someone else’s reckless or negligent conduct are an unfortunately common occurrence. These types of injuries can occur anywhere, such as in a store or restaurant, in a bank or office building, or while in a park or using a recreational facility. Slip and fall accidents or being struck by or against an object can result in serious injuries, with one of the most potentially devastating types being traumatic brain injuries. These accidental injuries can occur as the result of even a seemingly minor mishap, and the symptoms of a potentially severe condition can go largely unnoticed by family and friends, while causing irreparable harm to the person suffering. In light of this, we have assembled the following information in the hopes of raising awareness to this serious and common condition.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has designated the month of March as Brain Injury Awareness Month, with the purpose of calling attention to the facts about these types of injuries and the issues faced by those who suffer from them. According to the BIAA, more than 2 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries, referred to as TBI, each year. Any type of bump, blow, or jolt to the head can result in the following types of brain injury:
- Concussion, which results from blow or jolt to the head.
- Contusion, which is caused by bruising or bleeding in the brain as the result of a blow.
- Penetrating injuries, caused by being struck with a sharp object.
- Anoxic or hypoxic brain injury, when the brain is deprived oxygen.
- Open head injuries, involving skull fractures.
- Closed head injuries, involving swelling in the brain.
All of the above can have a profound effect on the sufferer’s physical and mental capabilities, while potentially impairing the brain’s ability to regulate vital body functions, such as respiration and heart rate.
Symptoms of TBI
Symptoms of a brain injury are often subtle, taking weeks or even months to manifest, and may go unnoticed by the person who has been injured. At the same time, a brain injury is a serious matter, and even a minor bump or blow to the head can have serious ramifications for your health and well being. Anytime you suspect a brain injury has occurred you should seek immediate medical attention. According to doctors at the Mayo Clinic, those who may suffered a head injury, as well as their family and friends, should be aware of the following symptoms:
- Headaches and dizziness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of balance or inability to control movements
- Excessive tiredness and the inability to stay awake
- Problems with vision and hearing
- Memory loss
- Increased irritability, mood swings, or depression
- Uncharacteristic, sudden outbursts of anger or rage
Let Us Assist You with Your Case
If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury as the result of an accident, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm. Our experienced South Carolina personal injury attorneys provide aggressive legal representation to accident victims, advising you on the best course of action and assisting you in getting the compensation you deserve. With offices in Charleston and throughout South Carolina, we are prepared to help you today.