According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury that makes a difference in brain function and development. A person may suffer from a TBI after a violent blow or severe jolt to his or her head or body. Serious TBI can lead to short and long-term health complications and is a major cause of disability and death nationwide.
Common ways people sustain TBI-related hospitalizations or deaths include motor vehicle accidents, assaults and serious falls.
1. Are there different types of TBI?
Traumatic brain injuries may manifest in two ways. Open head injuries occur in instances when the skull breaks. Closed brain injuries involve an injury to the brain but with no break in the victim’s skull.
2. How do I know if I have one?
Symptoms vary depending on the severity of the injury and how the brain damage occurred. If you experience symptoms like headache, confusion, blurred vision, dizziness, fatigue and concentration issues, you might have mild TBI. For moderate or severe TBI look for additional symptoms such as slurred speech, loss of coordination, dilated pupils, repeated vomiting, seizures and worsening headaches. Seek medical care as soon as possible.
3. Should I hire a lawyer after a railroad accident?
If you suffer from a TBI after a railroad accident injury, an experienced attorney may assist with your claim to help you get the compensation you need. Since the railroad anticipates a certain number of injuries and typically launches an investigation after an accident to protect its own interests, having legal counsel on your side to assess the evidence and protect your rights.