Traumatic brain injuries are common personal injuries that are underdiagnosed and not well-understood. According to the Centers for Disease Control, slip and falls “lead to nearly half of the TBI-related hospitalizations,” but auto accidents, physical assaults, and athletic activities are other common causes of brain injury.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI), mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), and concussion are all terms for what happens to the brain when a person sustains a blow to the head. These injuries can be hard to diagnose because, unlike an injury to an arm or a leg that leaves bruises or abrasions that are visible to the naked eye, a bruise to the brain remains hidden inside the skull. Outward symptoms of a brain injury can develop quickly or may evolve across days and weeks. Symptoms can be as severe as a blackout or coma, or they may be so mild that they are barely noticeable.
Mild symptoms of a brain injury need to be taken as seriously as more severe symptoms. A blow to the head can result in brain swelling or internal bleeding, the results of which can be catastrophic — even deadly — if not treated immediately or properly.
After seeking medical treatment for your brain injury, contact the Chattanooga Brain Injury Lawyers at our office to compensate for the financial, physical, and emotional losses you’ve incurred.