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California Lawyers for Brain Injury Cases
A brain injury can be devastating not only to the victim of an accident, but to his or her family as well. A traumatic brain injury (“TBI”) is typically caused by impact to the head or body, or penetration of the head. If you or a loved one is suffering from the effects of TBI, we hope you’ll give us a call for free case evaluation: 1.800.925.0723
Mike Bomberger explains traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases:
Detecting a Traumatic Brain Injury
The symptoms of mild to moderate traumatic brain injury can be very subtle. As a result, many people with a TBI go undiagnosed, and this can exacerbate the injury and cause side effects to worsen. Some brain injuries require sophisticated hospital imaging equipment to be detected, and such equipment may not be available at a primary care doctor’s office or other medical treatment facilities.
Furthermore, victims of traumatic brain injury may look and act just as they did before the injury. It can take weeks or even months before a TBI is properly diagnosed. Unfortunately, victims of traumatic brain injuries receive prompt treatment for their physical or cognitive impairments in only a small number of accidents that cause intracranial injury. It is not uncommon for the medical charts of TBI victims not to mention head injury or cognitive impairment at all.
Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury
In order to properly diagnose a traumatic brain injury, you must consult with a medical professional. You should do this as quickly as possible after an accident that you believe may have caused a traumatic brain injury. However, you may be able to detect some signs or symptoms of a traumatic brain injury in yourself or a loved one:
- IMPAIRED COGNITIVE ABILITY. Sometimes, people who have suffered a TBI are unable to process information like they could before the injury. For example, the victim of a traumatic brain injury may not be able to follow the plot of his or her favorite checkbook. He or she may struggle with tasks such as writing an e-mail or balancing a checkbook. They may not be able to do these things at all, or it could take the victim of a traumatic brain injury much longer to do them.
- IMPAIRED JUDGMENT AND REASONING. You may notice that you or your loved one’s judgment has been affected and conforming to social situations may become extremely difficult. The victim of a traumatic brain injury may begin to engage in uncharacteristically risky behavior. He or she may not be able to or seemed concerned with following social norms, which can strain interpersonal relationships and harm his or her work performance.
- COMMUNICATION DIFFICULTIES. Communication can become difficult or stifled for victims of traumatic brain injuries. The victim may repeat him or herself, or lose track of his or her place in a conversation. You may notice garbled speech or the slurring of words.
If you notice any of these signs of TBI in yourself or a loved one, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. If possible, go to an emergency room. You should also contact an experienced attorney to help you seek care.