Moderate Traumatic Brain Injuries
These injuries may exhibit similar symptoms as those seen in mild TBIs, but they may persist for a longer period of time. Doctors may order hospital stays or strict observation at home for patients in this category. Other symptoms of moderate traumatic brain injuries may include:
- vomiting or nausea which will not abate
- slurred speech
- numbness or weakness of the extremities
- convulsions or seizures
- uncoordinated movements
- pupil dilation
- inability to wake up from sleep
Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries
The main difference between a severe traumatic brain injury and the mild or moderate types are the long-term effects of the injury. The initial symptoms are similar to those found in traumatic brain injuries of lesser severity, but the patient may also suffer indefinite periods of:
- sensory loss or damage
- motor skills restriction or loss
- nervous system damage
- changes in personality or personality disorders
- comatose states
In addition, about 52,000 Americans die each year from a traumatic brain injury.
Long-Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries
In short, the more severe the traumatic brain injury, the greater the likelihood of long-term effects. People who suffer a TBI also increase their chances of contracting brain diseases associated with aging, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
About 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not surprisingly, these injuries take a financial toll on the victims and their families. One study pinpointed the total cost of traumatic brain injuries in 2000 at $60 billion (including medical care and indirect costs such as lost productivity at work).
Motor Vehicle Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injuries
Head injuries can result from many different types of incidents, including falls, assaults, and falling items or debris. Yet about half of all traumatic brain injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents. If you have suffered a head injury in an auto accident or another other type of incident that was due to someone else's negligence, you should contact a Clarksburg personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Traumatic brain injuries are just one of the possible injuries that can affect accident victims for years or for the rest of their lives. If you or a loved one has sustained a serious traumatic brain injury in an accident caused by neglect, then contact the Clarksburg personal injury attorneys at The Miley Legal Group for a FREE consultation about your case - (304) 326-1800.