Common Characteristics of Traumatic Brain Injury

Florida man with a traumatic brain injury

If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you may be coping with the prospect of long-term disability and an uncertain future. If someone else’s negligence caused your TBI, you need to speak with a qualified brain injury lawyer as soon as possible. Our skilled and knowledgeable attorneys at Zervos & Calta, PLLC, can help you understand your legal rights and demand justice for the losses suffered.

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What Are the Most Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by everyday activities as well as dangerous jobs. Some of the most common causes of TBI include:

  • Car accidents
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Assaults
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Work accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Combat injuries
  • Defective or dangerous products
  • Medical malpractice
  • Birth injuries

It is important to see a doctor immediately after any type of accident. Sometimes, the effects of a TBI are not immediately obvious. In these cases, it’s important to let your doctor know as soon as symptoms manifest. The sooner you begin treatment, the more effective it’s likely to be.

After you have sought medical care, contact our experienced Florida traumatic brain injury attorneys at Zervos & Calta, PLLC, so we can review your legal options. Our committed and compassionate lawyers are here to support you through this trying time.

What Are the Symptoms of a Mild TBI?

TBIs can classified as mild, moderate, or severe, depending on their symptoms and the dangers they pose. Symptoms of mild TBIs may include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling light-headed
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Memory problems
  • Feeling sick to your stomach
  • A bad taste in your mouth
  • Difficulty with balance and coordination
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Vomiting
  • Vision problems
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Sensitivity to sound or light
  • Anger and irritability
  • Mood changes
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss of bowel control

What Are the Symptoms of a Severe TBI?

Common symptoms of a severe TBI include:

  • Extended loss of consciousness
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Strokes
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of coordination
  • Persistent headache that gets worse
  • Extreme sleepiness
  • Numbness in your arms and legs
  • Paralysis

How Can You Spot a TBI in Children?

The impact of traumatic brain injuries on children can be different from that experienced by adults. The effects of a head injury may not be immediately apparent because a child’s brain is still developing. A traumatic brain injury functions like a chronic disease for a child, meaning the symptoms may change and reveal themselves over time.

The symptoms of TBI in children are generally similar to those experienced by adults, but the functional impact can be different. The cognitive impairments, such as memory loss and learning disabilities, may not be immediately obvious after the injury but could become clear as the child gets older.

Because childhood TBIs are often complex, a child can experience a range of symptoms following an accident. This may include:

  • Slurred speech or speech impairments
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty writing or reading
  • Difficulty meeting developmental milestones
  • Emotional changes, such as mood swings and anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty walking, clumsiness, lack of coordination
  • Limited attention span
  • Weakness or numbness involving any body part
  • Memory loss (short- or long-term)
  • Stiff neck
  • Cannot stop crying

If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, he or she should be evaluated by a doctor. A doctor’s evaluation will determine if there is TBI and what kind of treatment your child may need.

When speaking with the doctor about your child’s head injury, try to describe how the injury happened, including what the child was doing prior to the accident and how the child responded following the injury. Health experts recommend that parents contact their child’s doctor for medical advice for anything more than a light bump on the head. Where TBIs are concerned, it’s better to err on the side of caution than risk long-term consequences.

What Are Some Common Disabilities as a Result of TBI?

Disabilities resulting from a TBI depend upon a range of factors, including the severity of the injury, the part of the brain affected, and the age and overall health of the victim. Cognition, the five senses, and communication skills are frequently impacted.

Some of the most common disabilities caused by head injuries include:

  • Post-concussion syndrome, which can involve dizziness, headache, memory problems, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping, irritability, anxiety, and depression. These symptoms could last for a few weeks after the TBI.
  • Cognitive disabilities, which can include short- and long-term memory loss, a sense of fogginess, and the inability to solve problems, reason logically, and make judgments. These cognitive issues can be experienced for six months or longer after the TBI.
  • Sensory problems, which can linger long after a TBI. Those suffering from vision problems caused by TBI may have an inability to register what they are seeing. This can make it difficult to drive a car, operate machinery at work, or participate in sports. TBI patients can also develop a ringing in the ears, a bad taste in the mouth, persistent skin tingling, and itching.
  • Communication issues are common disabilities as well. Some TBI victims experience aphasia, which is difficulty understanding and producing language. Some sufferers have trouble with more subtle forms of communication, like body language and non-verbal cues. Others have issues with intonation or inflection. TBI victims suffering from dysarthria can think of the appropriate language but cannot speak the words because they can’t use the muscles needed to produce the sounds.

Talk to a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Now

If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI caused by the negligence of another party, you need to learn about your right to recover compensation for your losses. At Zervos & Calta, PLLC, our experienced Florida TBI lawyers will identify all possible sources of compensation and fight for the full amount you deserve.

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About the Author

Angela Zervos
Angela has spent more than 20 years of her legal career fighting for personal injury victims – and against big insurance companies. As a true trial lawyer, she takes on a wide variety of personal injury claims, including those involving motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, medical malpractice, traumatic brain injuries, and wrongful death. Prior to starting her own law practice, Angela secured more than $80 million in settlements and jury verdicts for her clients – a 90 percent success rate since 2002. Her efforts on behalf of her clients have resulted in numerous accolades. For example, Angela maintains a “Superb” 10.0 rating from AVVO, an “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and she is ranked among the Top 100 civil trial lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Zervos & Calta, PLLC serves the entire Tampa Bay area – including Pinellas County, Pasco County, Hernando County, and Hillsborough County – from offices in Tarpon Springs, Spring Hill, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg.