March marks the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Brain Injury Awareness Month, which provides a relevant opportunity to bring attention to traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Head injuries can have severe, traumatic consequences, leading to the widely used term “traumatic brain injury”. At Cory Watson, we aim to educate people on the most common causes of traumatic brain injury, along with what to do if you think you or someone you know may have TBI due to someone else’s negligence.
TBIs affect the lives of Americans of all ages. While anyone can experience TBI, data suggests that some groups are at greater risk than others.
It’s true that traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be among the most difficult diagnosis’ one can receive, depending on the seriousness of the injury. This type of injury can be life-altering, making previously simple tasks either much more difficult or impossible.
One of the most well-known types of TBI are concussions. While concussions are dangerous injuries, they can sometimes be easier to diagnose than other types of brain injuries due to common symptoms such as headache, difficult sleeping, short-term memory loss, and trouble concentrating. However, other types of internal head injuries may not be as easy to diagnose. It’s critical to quickly diagnose and treat a brain injury to potentially preventing those life-altering, or life-threatening, aftereffects.
Brain injuries are commonly a result of negligence, resulting in the need for a personal injury attorney. If you have a TBI due to a personal injury accident, let us help you by contacting a brain injury lawyer at Cory Watson Attorneys.
Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion Causes
Traumatic brain injuries can occur in a wide variety of ways, from something as casual as accidentally hitting your head on an object to a major motor vehicle accident or unexpected collision. Most common causes include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Collisions while playing a sport
- Impact to the head with a heavy object
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Do You Have a Traumatic Brain Injury Case? Check for These Symptoms
- A bad taste in the mouth
- Trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking
- Loss of vision in one or both eyes
- Repeated vomiting or continued nausea
- Slurred speech
- Convulsions or seizures
- An inability to wake up from sleep
- Enlargement of the pupil (dark center) of one or both eyes
- Numbness or tingling of arms or legs
- Uncoordinated or “clumsy” movements
- Increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation
- Loss of consciousness lasting a few minutes to hours
- About 166 Americans die from TBI-related injuries each day.
- In 2019, more than 60,000 Americans died from traumatic brain injury (TBI).
- More than 200,000 people were hospitalized with TBI nationwide in 2018.
- In 2019, 15% of high school athletes reported suffering at least one concussion over the past 12 months.
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What To Do If You Have a Traumatic Brain Injury
As mentioned, seeking immediate medical attention is imperative if you believe you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury. If your head injury may have been caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, loss of function, and other costs that resulted from your personal injury accident.
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How to Consult a Brain Injury Law Firm
If you’ve had your head injury diagnosed, Cory Watson’s attorneys are here to help with the next step. If you someone you know has suffered a concussion or another type of traumatic brain injury, it’s important to explore your legal options. Cory Watson has a team of attorneys with more than 25 years of experience helping clients get the justice they deserve. Call us at (877) 562-0000 or fill out our free online consultation form to begin the process.
ABOUT CORY WATSON ATTORNEYS
Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama as well as Memphis, and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm has recovered more than $3 billion for clients across the country. Cory Watson Attorneys are frequently at the forefront of major class actions and multidistrict litigations involving product liability related to serious injuries from defective products and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts