Posted by Gurjit Srai In Brain Injury February 13, 2024 0 Comment

Despite its pervasiveness, traumatic brain injuries remain, for the most part, a “silent” epidemic. According to a national survey, only 1 in 3 Americans are familiar with the term “brain injury” and even fewer know that the most common cause of a TBIs are accident injuries. Each year, approximately 100,000 people die from TBI and 500,000 more are permanently disabled. More than 5.3 million Americans are living with some type of a brain injury.

When a victim gets into an accident, the first thing most people look for are obvious signs of an injury, such as a broken bone. However, the majority of TBI’s do not display obvious signs or symptoms, which make it hard to detect and diagnose. In some cases, accident victims may not even know they have suffered a traumatic brain injury until weeks or even months after the accident. This makes it imperative to know what signs and symptoms to look for.

What Is a TBI?

Traumatic brain injuries happen when a sudden, external, physical force damages the brain. TBI is a broad term that describes a vast array of injuries that impact the brain. The damage can be confined to one area of the brain (focal) or to more than one area (diffuse). The severity of a brain injury can range from a mild concussion to a severe injury that results in a coma or even death.

There are two different types of brain injury. A closed brain injury occurs when there is a nonpenetrating injury to the brain with no break in the skull. The injury happens when there is a rapid forward or backward movement and shaking of the brain that gets bruised as it slams against the bony skull. This results in bruising and tearing of brain tissue and blood vessels. Closed head injuries are common in car accidents.

A penetrating or open head injury happens when the skull breaks or gets pierced, such as when a rod goes through the brain in an accident or when a bullet pierces the brain.

Common Signs of a Closed Brain Injury

If you or a loved one has been involved in any serious accident, you may be in danger of having suffered a head injury. Even if you don’t display any obvious symptoms, you should still seek medial treatment. Not all signs and symptoms of head injuries are apparent immediately after an accident – some can take days or even weeks to surface. This is exactly why TBIs are commonly referred to as silent injuries.

Some common signs that may indicate a head injury include:

  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems, dizziness, or double or blurry vision
  • Bothered by light or noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
  • Confusion, or concentration or memory problems
  • Just not “feeling right” or “feeling down”

Contact an Experienced Fresno Traumatic Brain Injury Accident Attorney

If you or a loved has been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another party, you should discuss your legal options with an attorney as you may be entitled to compensation.

The Stockton accident attorneys at the Srai Law Offices advocate for their clients’ full financial recovery through hard work and an aggressive approach. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call (209) 323-5558.