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Miami Brain Injury Lawyer

Every year, thousands of individuals are victims of head trauma that result in traumatic brain injury, also called TBI. This type of injury occurs when the brain is driven into the side of the skull by a sudden blow, by a shaking force or “whiplash.” The impact can cause bruising and swelling of the brain, and, in some cases, the impact will be sufficient enough to tear blood vessels in the brain, causing intracranial bleeding.

What are the types of head injuries?

There are several types of head injuries. If the trauma results in damage to the skull itself, such as a crack or break, the trauma is considered a penetrating head injury.  More difficult to diagnose are closed head injuries, where the skull is not obviously damaged but the brain is still injured. This can occur from a blow, impact or severe back-and-forth shaking, such as whiplash.

What are the signs of a brain injury?

A medical professional should evaluate anyone who has sustained a blow to the head or whiplash-like injuries to determine if the victim has experienced a TBI. Even if symptoms are so slight that the victim does not realize that a serious injury has occurred, treatment should be sought before further injury can develop. Often the symptoms may be delayed for many hours until swelling in the brain reaches a point that if affects the victim. Some signs and symptoms to look for include:

  • Physical Symptoms
    Dizziness, loss of balance, headaches, nausea and vomiting, blurred vision, drowsiness, and confusion;
  • Mental Cognitive Symptoms
    Intermittent disorientation, amnesia, short-term memory loss, poor judgment, and poor concentration; and
  • Emotional Symptoms
    Depression, agitation, irritability, apathy, confrontational attitude, explosive temper, fearfulness and impatience, personality changes in general, and sleep (early morning awakening) and appetite disturbances.

What are the possible long-term problems?

TBI can cause serious, life-threatening events and can result in permanent, irreversible damage to the brain. With severe brain injuries, the impairments are obvious and profound. They can result in paralysis, weakness, or abnormalities, including loss of speech, sensation, coordination, or intellectual capacity. The more difficult, often overlooked cases are those where neurological and mental changes are subtle. These may happen as a result of what appears to be a minor accident in which the brain is jarred. Symptoms begin to appear afterwards, sometimes after long periods of time. In either case, a TBI can have a profound effect on quality of life, including inability to work, inability to interact with friends and family, and loss of body function.

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