Traumatic Brain Injury (also known as TBI) is not like any other injury on the part of the body. A blow to the head can cause very severe damage that can affect all aspects of the brain. TBI can affect the five senses to sleep patterns, personality changes, and even the ability to reason.
TBI is caused when the head suffers instant trauma of some kind. TBI can be caused by a car accident, a bullet, a sports injury, explosive shock, and even a fall. Each TBI is different and can often range from a mild factor to even very severe depending on the impact to the brain initially.
TBI may be severe, or it may be so mild that the symptoms and condition go undiagnosed for a period of time. Difficulty recalling things, lapses in thoughts, etc…, may not even be picked up or related to that recent car accident. A victim does not need to hit their head on anything. A victim of TBI may or may not lose consciousness. The consequence of the braining jarring about inside the skull, from a whiplash type motion (called “coup-contra coup") can result in mild symptoms that may last for many months or years. Victims of TBI or mild TBI will usually experience some of the following symptoms:
Bad taste in the mouth
Trouble with memory
Struggles with thinking
Medical attention should always be the first priority anytime a head injury does occur, even if you feel initially fine after a blow to the head. TBI can lead to permanent brain and nerve damage, and permanent consequences.
If you suffer even a mild TBI injury due to an auto accident or other mishap, please be sure to seek an experienced Phoenix personal injury lawyer who has not only handled cases similar to yours in the past, but also has the experience to protect your rights.