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A guide to understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries

On Behalf of | Aug 19, 2014 | Tampa Attorney, Traumatic brain injury

Today, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s) are a leading cause of death in the United States

Understanding TBI

A traumatic brain injury is any sort of injury that damages the normal functioning of the brain including anything from a bump on the head to a bad fall. Injuries can be mild which include only short changes to mental processes. They can also be more severe which affect the brain over extended periods of time. Concussions are the most common TBI’s but they are definitely not the only type of TBI that exists.

Symptoms of a TBI

Depression and anxiety disorders are common among sufferers of a traumatic brain injury. It’s estimated that about 60 percent of patients with a TBI will experience some level of depression or anxiety after the incident.

Many patients suffering from TBI report feeling like they are on an emotional roller coaster and that is because one of the most commonly associated symptoms with traumatic brain injuries is unusual mood swings. The changes in mood can be unprovoked resulting in confusion to friends and family who may not be familiar with the common symptoms of TBI.

The most severe forms of traumatic brain injury can result in prolonged periods of amnesia or unconsciousness.

In 2010 the Centers for Disease Control found that TBI’s accounted for at least 1/3 of all injury-related deaths in the United States. TBI’s can lead to mental damage and unusual mood swings requiring immediate medical attention. If you’re currently dealing with a traumatic brain injury caused by a no fault accident, please contact Frank Miranda Attorneys at Law.