Whether it’s from a car accident or a significant fall, one of the catastrophic injuries a person can sustain is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI is defined as a severe blow to the head or a penetrating head injury which disrupts the function of the brain.
Nearly 1.5 million Americans experience a TBI every year, resulting in 50,000 deaths, hospitalizing 235,000, and over a million emergency room visits annually. The severity can range from mild concussions that are only temporary to debilitating cases which results in permanent disabilities. Not only does this type of injury forever change the lives of those who suffer it, but also the lives of their families.
The following are signs and symptoms of mild TBI:
- Loss of consciousness for a few seconds or a few minutes
- Disorientation or confusion
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping more than usual
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Smelling issues
- Concentration or memory issues
- Mood swings
The following are signs and symptoms of moderate to severe TBI:
- Loss of consciousness for several minutes or hours
- Loss of coordination
- Convulsions or seizures
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
- Excruciating headaches or migraines
- Dilation of both pupils
- Numbness or weakness in fingers and toes
- Inability to wake up from sleeping
- Intense confusion
- Slurred speech
- Agitation and combative behavior
If you suffered any sort of trauma to the head and experience any one of these symptoms, it’s imperative to seek immediate medical attention. If the TBI was caused by the negligent and reckless actions of another party in South Carolina, our Myrtle Beach personal injury attorney can help you recover the compensation to cover your medical expenses, loss of income, as well as pain and suffering.