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How Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Change Your Life

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is often a life-changing event that can have a significant, permanent impact on your physical, emotional and financial well-being. At Pepper & Odom Law Firm, our traumatic brain injury lawyers have seen firsthand the repercussions this type of serious injury can have on victims and their families and are committed to helping clients receive the compensation they deserve.

What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury is usually caused by a violent blow or trauma to the head or body. Shattered pieces of skull from impact during an accident can cause TBI if they penetrate brain tissue. Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injury, but falls, sports injuries, explosions, physical violence and gunshot wounds are common causes of TBI as well. Head trauma can also occur at birth, leading to a number of conditions that may affect a child for the rest of his or her life.

Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injury can have a wide range of physical, emotional and psychological effects. Although some signs or symptoms of TBI may appear right way, others may not be evident until days, weeks or even months later. That’s why it’s vital to seek the counsel of an experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer immediately following an accident.

Signs and symptoms of mild TBI may include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Speech problems
  • Insomnia or increased sleeping
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Olfactory changes
  • Light or sound sensitivity
  • Cognitive problems
  • Memory or concentration problems
  • Mood swings
  • Depression or anxiety

Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries may include the following symptoms as well:

  • Loss of consciousness for extended periods of time
  • Persistent, worsening headaches
  • Continued vomiting or nausea
  • Convulsions
  • Seizures
  • Dilated pupils
  • Facial paralysis
  • Fluid drainage from the nose or ears
  • Vertigo
  • Trouble waking from sleep
  • Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of coordination
  • Profound confusion
  • Agitation, aggression or other unusual behavior
  • Intellectual, cognitive and social problems
  • Swelling of the brain
  • Fluid on the brain
  • Coma
  • Vegetative state
  • Brain death

Infants and young children with brain injuries may not be able to communicate some symptoms, so it is essential to seek proper diagnosis and treatment of TBI for both you and your child if you’ve received a blow to the head or body.

Long-Term Effects Of TBI

These conditions may linger for a few weeks or months after a traumatic brain injury but can also be permanent and require costly lifelong treatment and ongoing care. Research suggests that repeated or severe TBI may also increase the risk of degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia.

Contact A Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one has been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, our experienced and compassionate traumatic brain injury lawyers at Pepper & Odom Law Firm will help you navigate the complex insurance claims and court system, fight for your rights and protect your interests. Contact us online to schedule a free consultation or call 601-202-1111 in Mississippi or 205-250-1107 in Alabama.