What is a Brain Injury?
According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIA), every brain injury is different. Because of this, the effects of each
brain injury vary from patient to patient. However, this remains the same:
brain injuries are extremely complex. The lasting effects of a brain injury
depend on a variety of factors including the severity of the accident,
what caused the injury and the location of the physical damage. Approximately
1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI) every year. The
Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) reports that falls and motor vehicle accidents are the two of the most
common causes of TBI.
How Do I Know If I Have a Brain Injury?
Brain injuries or head injuries usually present themselves with a variety
of different symptoms. According to the
CDC, some of the most common symptoms include:
- Difficulty remembering, thinking clearly or concentrating
- Headache, blurry vision, dizziness, nausea, vomiting
- Lack of energy
- Sensitivity to nose or light
- Irritability, sadness, nervousness or anxiety
- Having trouble falling asleep
- Sleeping more than usual
- Sleeping less than usual
However, the best way to find out if you have suffered a brain injury is
to see a medical professional immediately following your accident.
How Long After a Head Injury Can Symptoms Appear?
The CDC reports that symptoms of brain injuries can occur up to weeks after
the initial injury. They can also present themselves immediately or within
24 hours of the incident. The more quickly you are able to catch the symptoms,
generally the easier it will be to treat the injury. You should always
see a doctor as soon as possible after experiencing a head injury.
Right and Left Brain Injuries
Each side of the human brain serves different functions. The left side
regulates analytical, logical, repetitive, detail-oriented, literal and
precise behavior. The right side of the brain involves creativity, imagination,
intuition, empathy and irregularity. TBI on the left side of the brain
may result in language difficulties (speaking and understanding), depression,
anxiety, impaired logic, and a decreased ability to move on the right
side of the body.
When the right side of the brain suffers and injury, the victim may have
difficulty remembering visuals, decreased muscle control on the left side
of the body, an altered perception of creativity and music, and an inability
to think about future events or long-term events. When both sides of the
brain are injured, the individual may have trouble processing information
quickly. Additionally, the injured individual may become easily confused,
suffer from fatigue and have a decreased attention span.
Mild Brain Injuries
The term mild does not refer to the long-term consequences of the injury.
Mild refers to the severity of the initial accident that caused the damage.
The brain is extremely complex. In the past, individuals involved in mil
car accidents have suffered mild brain injuries because of whiplash. Many
times, the consequences of mild brain injuries leave the victim unable
to recall short term information. This can lead to difficulty completing
everyday tasks (such as cooking or getting dressed) and difficulty balancing.
Many mild brain injuries are caused by blunt force trauma.
Living with a Brain Injury
Brain injuries can be unpredictable. Because the brain is so complicated,
side effects of a TBI are difficult to anticipate. When the brain is injured,
neurons, nerve tracts and different section of the brain can be damaged.
A healthy brain is able to send and receive messages to and from various
portions of the body. Brain injuries can change the way an individual
thinks, processes information, behaves and feels. TBI can also affect
the body's systems. This includes breathing, body temperature, blood pressure
Seeking Full Compensation for a Brain Injury
Have you suffered a TBI? If you injury was the result of someone else's
careless actions, you may be entitled to financial compensation. When
you collect money for a personal injury, your medical bills, doctor's
bills, medical expenses, missed wages and other financial obligations
associated with the accident may be taken care of. At Habbas & Associates,
our San Jose brain injury attorneys have more than 175 years of experience
helping accident victims recover compensation.
If you aren't sure if your case is worth taking to court, call us anyway.
Every accident and injury is different. That's why we're ready to give
you a case consultation free of charge. Whether you are in San Jose, Modesto,
Sacramento, or Oakland, our team can serve you. We can help you make an
educated and informed decision about the future.
To see what an
attorney from Habbas & Associates can do for your brain injury case,
contact us today. With a top-notch San Jose brain injury lawyer working for you,
you can have peace of mind that your case is in good hands.