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Brain Injury Information

Suffering a brain injury can have a substantial impact on the life of the victim and their family, and the risk of brain injury is always present, whether you live in a big city or in a suburban community. In order to protect yourself and your loved ones from falling victim to such injury, it is best to be well informed about brain injury; what it means; common causes; and what steps you can take to stay safe.

What is a Brain Injury?

Brain injury, synonymous with traumatic brain injury (TBI), occurs when sudden trauma caused by an outside force damages the brain. Brain injury-causing trauma may include hitting the head against the floor or a hard object, or if an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. In serious cases, or if the brain injury victim does not seek medical attention immediately, a TBI can lead to cognitive impairments, language difficulty, and even physical impairments.

Symptoms of TBI

The most common type of TBI is a concussion, which is generally considered mild brain injury; however, a concussion can still cause ongoing problems without proper treatment. Symptoms that may result from a concussion or other mild brain injury include headache, confusion, dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in ears, fatigue, and/or tired eyes. Behavioral and/or mood changes may also occur, as well as changes in sleeping patterns.

Moderate to severe brain injuries have more serious and long-term symptoms, including all those mentioned above, as well as repeated vomiting or nausea, seizures or convulsions, slurred speech, numbness or weakness of the extremities, increased confusion, loss of balance/coordination, and/or an inability to wake up from sleep.

Common Causes of Brain Injury

There are a variety of risk factors that may increase the chances of suffering a brain injury, especially a concussion. Sports and physically demanding recreation activities, especially those that involve equipment such as balls, or that involve physical contact, such as football, increase the risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury. Even riding a bicycle increases the risk of suffering a TBI without taking the appropriate precautions. Many of the hazards that can cause TBI are unfortunately not within a person’s control, however.

Even if you make sure to wear a helmet while riding a bike or to pay close attention to where you are walking, you can still be at risk of suffering a brain injury due to the actions of others. Negligence on the part of drivers, property owners, product manufacturers, and other individuals can create hazardous conditions that can lead to falling accidents, auto accidents, and other incidents that can result in mild to serious brain injury.

Taking the Proper Precautions

It is unfortunately impossible to predict or control the actions of others, but there are certain steps that you could take to help ensure that you and your loved ones stay safe and free from suffering a traumatic brain injury.

  • Always make sure to wear the appropriate safety gear during sports and other recreational activities;
  • Wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle or bicycle;
  • Check whether the product you are about to buy has been recalled for defects;
  • Always supervise children on playground equipment;
  • Be aware of your surroundings; and
  • Be cognizant of how your actions affect others.

Helping You Get the Treatment You Need

A traumatic brain injury can completely alter the course of a person’s life and jeopardize his or her future health, happiness, and wellbeing. Insurance may not cover all the treatment and/or rehabilitative services you need and you may not be able to work during your recovery, or ever again. At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, our dedicated brain injury attorneys are committed to making sure that innocent brain injury victims obtain the compensation they need to get the services they deserve. If you have suffered a brain injury in Northern California due to the negligent actions of another, we can help. Contact us today for a consultation on your legal rights and options at (800) 900-0863.

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