Georgia Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
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When the brain suffers an injury, the resulting damage is usually significant and tends to affect more than one function. Known as an invisible disability because there are often no outward physical signs, a brain injury can last a lifetime. Since there is no overarching cure, awareness and prevention are key.
Brain injuries arise from a wide range of incidents, with most of them falling into the category of traumatic brain injury (TBI). More specific than the term “head injury,” a TBI occurs when sudden trauma to the head disrupts the function of the brain.
Causes of Brain Injuries
TBIs are classified as ranging from mild to severe, from a brief change in mental status or consciousness to an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss. A study by the CDC for 2006-2010 discovered that among all age groups, the most common reasons for TBIs were falls (40.5 percent), unintentional blunt force traumas (15.5 percent), vehicle accidents (14.3 percent), assaults (10.7 percent), and other (19 percent). When evaluating TBI-related deaths, traffic crashes were the second leading cause (26 percent).
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Many TBIs remain silent and unseen because, unlike a broken bone, symptoms are often mild at first and worsen over time.
- Loss of consciousness
- Excessive drowsiness
- Light sensitivity
- Memory problems
- Noise sensitivity
- Severe headache
- Slurred speech
- Vision problems
- Weakness in arms or legs.
Long Term Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The impact of a TBI on your or your loved one’s daily life can be substantial. A person with a moderate to severe brain injury will often have problems with elementary cognitive skills, such as paying attention, concentrating on tasks, and remembering new material. Those with a TBI may think very slowly, speak slowly, and solve problems with more difficulty.
They may be easily confused when the normal routine is changed or when the stimulation in the environment is more than they are accustomed to. Those with serious TBIs may keep at tasks for too long and be unable to switch to a new approach when they have difficulty. They also may try the first solution that they see, and their actions may be impulsive instead of reasoned.
Another class of cognitive abilities that are often affected by serious brain injury are called executive functions. This refers to the complex processing of large amounts of complex information that is needed for us to function competently, creatively and independently. After injury, the person may not be able to function properly in their social roles. They might have difficulty planning ahead, managing time, and coordinating complex actions.
In some TBI cases, mood and behavior may be greatly affected. Some families find that they are dealing with a person who is emotionally and behaviorally not the person they once were. The personality of the victim can be significantly changed. A person who was once an optimist may now be constantly depressed and negative. The person who used to be very skilled in social settings may now blurt out comments that are rude and insulting. The victim may also have new, unusual behaviors such as emotional swings, poor motivation, aggression, irritability, lethargy and dependency.
There also can be physical problems from a moderate to severe TBI. Some experience loss of vision, blurred vision, inability to track visually, reduced depth perception and a disconnect between visual comprehension and visual perception. Some victims also suffer from seizures.
A HEAVY BURDEN FOR GEORGIA FAMILIES
A traumatic brain injury can result in numerous cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and behavioral changes, with many victims and their families experiencing devastating and life-altering situations. The seriousness of these injuries coupled with the length of recovery is a heavy burden. If you have to face that burden because of someone else’s negligence, then you deserve the opportunity to hold that party responsible. The Mann Law Firm aggressively seeks full and fair compensation for our clients and is always willing to take a case to trial if necessary to get that compensation.
If you have suffered a brain injury, you may have valuable legal rights and need a Georgia TBI lawyer that will be an advocate for you. The Mann Law Firm helps Macon and Middle Georgia residents protect their rights. We would like to meet with you to discuss your case. Please call us today or use our convenient online contact form.