Traumatic brain injuries from accidents can strike anyone

Florida residents with loved ones or friends who have suffered traumatic brain injury, sometimes called TBI, in accidents may be interested to learn what warning signs they should be looking for so that they’ll know how to respond to TBI victims. Approximately 2.5 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries every year though it’s not known how many victims are Floridians.

TBI can be as simple as a mild concussion or as serious as death. TBI is considered to be any type of injury to the head that causes the brain to malfunction. A federal study shows that about one-third of all injury-related deaths involve TBI. While professional athletes draw more attention to this type of personal injury, TBI can happen to anyone from babies to senior citizens, with children and the elderly most susceptible.

Traumatic brain injuries can result in cognitive impairment, anxiety, inappropriate behaviors, mood swings and emotional instability. Victims may lash out at people trying to help them. About 25 percent of TBI victims suffer from major depression. Medications and rehabilitation therapy may lessen the symptoms in some victims; treatment should begin as soon as possible after the injury occurs, a neuropsychologist at a rehabilitation institute says.

Most traumatic brain injuries are likely caused by participating in contact sports or accidents, such as automobile or slip-and-fall accidents. If the accident was caused by someone other than the victim, the victim may be eligible for compensation from the at-fault party under Florida’s personal injury laws. Since traumatic brain injury cases can be more complicated than other accident injury claims, victims may want to consult a personal injury attorney for assistance in pursuing compensation.

Source: Everyday Health, “Traumatic Brain Injury: Not Just a Problem for Athletes“, May 28, 2014