A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most severe injuries you can suffer in life. These injuries most often result from car accidents, falls from heights, and gunshot incidents. A TBI can change your life in an instant, paralyzing you or forcing you to relearn the most basic life skills like eating, bathing, and dressing yourself. Today, we will take a good look at TBIs, how they affect your life, how they are diagnosed, and the treatments available.

The Causes of TBI

Aside from car accidents, falls from heights, and gunshot incidents; TBIs can also be caused by any of the following:

  • Other instances of violence
  • Injuries from playing sports
  • Injuries suffered during combat
  • Explosions
  • Any other blunt force impact to the head

The degree of the damage caused by the impact to the head will vary based on the force of the impact, the overall nature of the injury, and other mitigating factors. The people who are most at risk of a TBI include the following groups:

  • Males of any age
  • Young people between the ages of 15 and 24
  • Newborns to 4 years old
  • Adults who are 60 or older

Complications of a TBI

The complications of a TBI can either appear immediately following the injury or days after. Either way, they can be extremely serious to the point where your life will never be the same. The most extreme TBI cases involved altered states of consciousness, which can include any of the following:

  • Coma
  • Vegetative state
  • Minimally conscious state
  • Brain death

The physical complications associated with a TBI include:

  • Vertigo
  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Damage to blood vessels
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Infections

How to Treat a Concussion

The most common form of TBI is that of the concussion. Concussions can occur at any point in the day to a person of any age. Concussions are the least severe of all the TBIs a person can suffer in life. They are also the easiest to treat. A concussion should be treated with plenty of rest. If you work in a stressful environment that requires you to perform a lot of strenuous activity, you will need to stay home. You also should avoid going to school. Do not stare at the TV or your tablet, either. You need to keep yourself calm, stress free, and relaxed as much as possible when trying to recover from a concussion.

Preventing TBI

There are times when a TBI is simply unavoidable. For example, a car accident, motorcycle accident, or other accident that is not your fault. To keep yourself safe at home or at work, remove hazards on the floor that can cause you to fall and hit your head. Wear a seat belt at all times in the car. Never drive when impaired. Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle or your motorcycle.

Call Roberts Law Office

Did you or a loved one suffer a concussion or other traumatic brain injury in Lexington, Kentucky? If so, you need to speak with an attorney immediately. Call the experienced team from Roberts Law Office at 859-231-0202 to schedule an appointment to discuss your case. You can also complete the contact form found on the website and a member of the firm will reach out to you as soon as possible.