Life Changes After A Brain Injury

As defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), sudden head trauma that causes damage to the brain is considered to be a TBI, or traumatic brain injury . The head may come in violent impact with an object, or an object may pierce the skull and enter the brain tissue. Depending on the details of the accident and the extent of damage to the brain, a person may suffer a mild, moderate, or severe TBI.

California lawyer Robert G. Schock can help to determine the current and future financial and medical necessities for anyone who has sustained a TBI in an accident, and seek the compensation to which he or she is entitled.

Mild TBIs

It is common for the victim of less severe TBIs to remain conscious throughout the accident, but he or she may lose consciousness briefly. Most TBIs are considered mild, and the most common type of mild TBI is a concussion. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 75 percent of TBIs sustained annually are concussions or other mild conditions. These injuries are less often permanent or disabling. Symptoms include the following:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Lethargy
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Atypical sleep patterns
  • Mood swings or behavioral changes
  • Trouble with memory, concentration, attention, and/or thinking

Moderate and severe TBI

Victims of moderate or severe TBI are more likely to experience loss of consciousness for an extended period of time. This could mean hours, days, weeks, months, years, or longer-and some victims of the most severe TBIs never regain consciousness. Moderate and severe TBIs are more likely to have permanent effects or lead to long-term disability. In addition to exhibiting the same symptoms as those with mild TBI, victims of moderate or severe TBI may also experience the following effects:

  • Worsening or relentless headache
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Inability to awaken from sleep
  • Dilation of one or both pupils
  • Slurred speech
  • Extremity weakness or numbness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Increased disorientation, restlessness, or agitation

California lawyer fighting for you

Robert G. Schock is a lawyer who is committed to obtaining rightful compensation for clients who are victims of negligence. He has recovered settlements and jury verdicts for clients who have been the victim of personal injuries throughout California, including Oakland, Berkeley, Fremont, Hayward, Pleasanton, and Concord. For more information or to schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney in California, contact the Law Offices of Robert G. Schock online or call 510-922-0887.