Someone in the U.S. suffers a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) every 23 seconds, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and motor vehicle crashes are one of the most common causes of these catastrophic injuries.
These devastating head injuries are responsible for more than 300,000 hospitalizations, over 90,000 long-term disabilities, and approximately 64,000 deaths each year. That is the equivalent of about 176 TBI-related deaths every day.
Identifying the signs of a TBI is the first step in recognizing the severity of the condition. If you have been in a vehicle collision anywhere in California, and suffered a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, seek medical care right away to help avoid any potential long-term effects of TBI.
What are the Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries in California?
Traumatic brain injuries will affect each victim differently based on where the injury occurred. However, the trauma may produce physical, cognitive, or behavioral signs that trauma has occurred.
The physical signs of TBIs may include, but are not limited to:
- Blurred vision.
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual.
- Disorientation or confusion.
- Dizziness or loss of balance.
- Fatigue or drowsiness.
- Loss of consciousness.
- Loss or changes in smell or taste.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Ringing in the ears.
- Sensitivity to light or sound.
- Speech problems.
The cognitive signs of TBIs may include, but are not limited to:
- Complications understanding others.
- Difficulty in expressing thoughts.
- Impaired decision-making ability.
- Memory loss.
- Shortened attention span.
- Trouble processing information.
The behavioral signs of TBIs may include, but are not limited to:
- Depression or anxiety.
- Impulsive behavior.
- Lack of empathy.
- Lack of motivation or initiative.
- Mood changes or mood swings.
- Physical or verbal outbursts.
- Poor judgment.
- Risky behavior.
Quickly responding to a head injury could mean the difference between accessing preventive treatments and suffering temporary or permanent disabilities.
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury in California, contact our Los Angeles County auto accident attorneys at Hanning & Sacchetto today by calling (562) 698-6446 to schedule a free consultation today for help pursuing a claim against the negligent driver who caused your injuries.