Boston Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
Traumatic brain injuries are one of the most common, and least understood, injuries that can occur in an accident. Also known as concussions, this type of injury has the potential to cause substantial disruption and issues for victims in the weeks, months, or even years after an accident. At The Law Office of Joseph Linnehan, Jr. , our experienced Boston traumatic brain injury attorneys are prepared to take on your traumatic brain injury case. To learn more, call or contact our office for a free consultation.
What Causes a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are caused by a sudden jolt, blow, or bump to the head and known as closed head injuries. A TBI can also occur when an object penetrates the skull, known as a penetrating, or open, injury. Some of the most common causes of accident-related traumatic brain injury includes falls, auto accidents, being struck by an object, blast injuries, and intentional acts like an attack.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 166 people die of traumatic brain injuries across the United States every day, and in 2018 more than 223,000 people were hospitalized because of a TBI.
Signs and Symptoms of TBI
Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild to severe, and the symptoms vary according to the seriousness of the injury. Mild TBI can present symptoms immediately after the injury or in the days following the accident. Typically, a mild traumatic brain injury will heal within a few days to a couple of weeks. Common signs of a mild TBI include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Problems with speech
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in ears
- Bad taste in mouth
- Brief or no loss of consciousness
- Feeling depressed or anxious
- Mood changes or swings
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual
Moderate or severe traumatic brain injuries require immediate medical attention after an accident. This type of injury presents the same symptoms as a mild TBI, plus the following in the hours or days after an accident:
- Loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours
- Persistent headache or headache that worsens
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
- Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
- Inability to awaken from sleep
- Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
- Loss of coordination
- Profound confusion
- Agitation, combativeness or other unusual behavior
- Slurred speech
- Coma and other disorders of consciousness
A moderate or severe traumatic brain injury can impact the physical, emotional, and psychological health of an accident victim for months or even years after an accident. It is critical that a knowledgeable personal injury attorney with experience handling this type of claim represent you in a TBI case.
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With experience handling traumatic brain injury and other types of personal injury claims, The Law Office of Joseph Linnehan, Jr. in Boston is prepared to zealously advocate for your needs after an accident. To learn more, call or contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.