Pittston Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are the result of a bump or blow to the head, or a penetrating head injury that causes a disruption in the normal functioning of the brain. TBIs can range in severity from mild, which involves only a brief change in mental status, to severe, which includes head injuries that cause unconsciousness or memory loss for an extended period of time. TBIs occur much more often than most people realize. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there were approximately 2.87 million TBI-related hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. in 2016 alone.
TBIs are a common result of slip and fall accidents, car crashes, and workplace accidents. Unfortunately, these types of injuries can be expensive and painful to treat and often result in chronic headaches and permanent disability, so if you were recently involved in an accident that was not your fault and you were diagnosed with a TBI, you should consider speaking with an experienced Pittston traumatic brain injury lawyer who can help you seek compensation for your losses.
What are the Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury?
TBIs are caused by a sudden blow to the head that causes the brain to strike the inside of the skull, which can disrupt the proper functioning of the brain. The symptoms that a person experiences after sustaining this type of injury depends on the severity of the trauma. For instance, concussions, which are the mildest types of TBIs, can result in the following symptoms:
- Neck pain;
- Ringing in the ears;
- Dizziness; and
Individuals suffering from a moderate to severe TBI, on the other hand, may also suffer from additional symptoms, including:
- A headache that worsens over time;
- Repeated vomiting or nausea;
- Convulsions or seizures;
- Slurred speech;
- Weakness or numbness in the arms or legs;
- Dilated pupils; and
- An inability to awaken from sleep.
In many cases, these symptoms do not begin appearing until days or weeks after an accident, so it is important for those who have suffered a TBI to seek medical attention as soon as possible after their accidents.
Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, falls are the leading cause of TBIs and accounted for nearly half of all TBI-related ER visits. Being struck by an object, on the other hand, was the second leading cause of TBI emergency department visits, while falls and car accidents were reported to be the first and second leading causes of TBI-related hospitalizations nationwide. If you suffered a TBI in one of these kinds of accidents, you could be entitled to damages compensating you for your losses. Please contact our legal team to learn more about filing a claim against the individual or entity responsible for your own injuries.
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To speak with an experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer about your own accident-related head injury, please contact the O’Donnell Law Offices at 570-821-5717 or complete one of our brief online contact forms.