What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries?
The brain can be injured in almost any type of accident. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is damage to the brain caused by sudden trauma. They often occur in auto accidents, slip and falls, recreational activities, and contact sports. These injuries can lead to permanent damage and devastating losses. It is essential for brain injury victims to get legal advice about their rights after being injured.
Call Deldar Legal at (844) 335-3271 to schedule your free consultation. Our experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyers can help protect your right to compensation after any type of accident. Whether you suffered a brain injury in a car accident, bike accident, boating accident, slip and fall, or any other type of accident, we will fight hard to defend your legal rights.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
According to the Mayo Clinic, TBIs are usually caused by a violent jolt to the head or body. Sometimes the injury is caused by the force of the brain hitting the skull inside the body. Other times it is caused by external damage, such as a bullet or shattered piece of bone that penetrates the skull. The type of symptoms victims experience can vary greatly depending on how severe the trauma was. The severity of the trauma will also determine how long these symptoms will last.
Mild TBIs are commonly concussions which resolve on their own in a few days. Symptoms can include loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes, a state of being dazed, confused or disoriented, headache, nausea or vomiting, fatigue or drowsiness, problems with speech, difficulty sleeping, sleeping more than usual, dizziness or loss of balance, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, a bad taste in the mouth, changes in the ability to smell, sensitivity to light or sound, memory or concentration problems, mood changes or mood swings, and feeling depressed or anxious.
Moderate and severe TBIs
More severe trauma can cause more serious symptoms. These symptoms can also last longer. They include: loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours, persistent headache or headache that worsens, repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures, dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes, clear fluids draining from the nose or ears, inability to awaken from sleep, weakness or numbness in fingers and toes, loss of coordination, profound confusion, agitation and combativeness or other unusual behavior, slurred speech, coma and other disorders of consciousness.
The Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are many ways that a person can sustain trauma to the brain, such as:
- Auto accidents (whether you were in a car, truck, or bus, riding a bike, or on foot)
- Bicycle accidents
- Water sports (boating, water skiing, jet skiing, paddle boarding, surfing, swimming)
- Outdoor activities (hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking)
- Slip and fall accidents
- Sporting activities
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, there are many potential defendants who may be legally responsible. The liable party has a legal obligation to compensate you for all losses you have sustained as a result of the accident. At a recreational area, this could be the company or government agency in charge of maintaining the premises. These managers have a legal duty of care to members of the public that are invited onto their properties. If you are taking lessons from an instructor, the instructor and his or her employer might be liable for your injuries. Liability could even be imposed upon a company that manufactures defective safety equipment. It is important to consult with a Riverside personal injury attorney so that you know which negligent parties have a duty to compensate you for your injuries. There could be multiple defendants, and it is important to investigate all potential sources of compensation.
Brain Injuries and Football
Sports are a common source of brain injuries. Much media attention has been focused on recent research finding a connection between football, in particular, and brain trauma. The NFL has come under scrutiny in recent years for its handling of brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are rampant among current and former players, and the League has been criticized for failing to warn and protect players properly. But the problem starts earlier than that. College and high school players are also at risk of serious brain damage. Studies have found that these young players have an increased risk of both TBIs and the long-lasting symptoms that can accompany them.
Worse still is the effect that a brain injury can have on younger players. The Washington Post reports on two studies out of Boston University. One found that starting as a player in a tackle football league before age 12 corresponded with increased odds for clinical depression, apathy, and executive function problems — for example, diminished insight, judgment, and multitasking. Another study found that children who played football before age 12 experienced cognitive deficits (and behavioral and mood problems) a full 13 years earlier than those starting at 12 or older. These are only two in a long series of studies establishing the serious neurological complications suffered by children who sustain early brain trauma. These children can face years of physical pain and psychological symptoms. Medical News Today reports that they can face increased risks of Parkinson’s Disease. All of these are compensable losses. Children, too, have legal rights that must be protected after sustaining a traumatic brain injury.
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With so many ways to be injured, it is important for injury victims to protect their legal rights.
An accident injury lawyer can help advise you how best to protect your legal rights. Call (844) 335-3271 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. At Deldar Legal, our experienced Riverside personal injury lawyers protect accident victims. They fight hard for fair compensation for all the losses an injury victim has suffered. Don’t accept a lowball settlement offer from an insurance company – our lawyers can protect you from insurance company tactics.
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