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Understanding traumatic brain injuries

| Aug 4, 2020 | Injuries

In recent years, there’s been a lot more publicity around the issue of head trauma in Kentucky and around the world. Much of this coverage is related to sports like football. However, not every traumatic brain injury is like that. For many people, these injuries result from one-time trauma. Examples of this can include trauma from car accidents. Other head injuries occur when people fall.

In the aftermath of a head injury, important symptoms to note include dizziness, confusion and headaches. But the trauma associated with a head injury isn’t always evident at the time when it’s caused. It’s important for caregivers to know which symptoms can develop later. These can include lightheadedness, frequent headaches and trouble sleeping.

People who’ve had traumatic brain injuries may develop serious complications. Sometimes, they are classified as disabled. They can suffer side effects for a long time afterwards. They often need support beyond what family and friends can provide. Even 3 to 5 years after an injury, over 20% of traumatic brain injury patients still require support.

It can take a lot of time for these patients to stabilize, too. The level of disability they have and help they need may not level off and become consistent for two or three years, in some cases. Thankfully, there are plenty of researchers studying TBI and the best ways to treat it.

For the family members of people with TBI, the experience can be a shock to the system. Sometimes, negligence is a factor in the development of a traumatic brain injury. They can occur due to unsafe working conditions, assaults or slip and trip accidents. It’s a good idea to consult an experienced personal injury attorney to evaluate the case.