March is Brain Injury Awareness Month: How to Recognize a TBI?

Mar 02, 2020 Legal Blog    Ohio Personal Injury    Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has designated March as Brain Injury Awareness Month and launched the #ChangeYourMind public awareness campaign.

The BIAA focuses on educating the general public about brain injury prevalence and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a TBI that was the result of someone’s negligence, reach out to the experienced Ohio brain injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. We can help you recover for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

For a free consultation, call 1-800-HURT-NOW or contact us online.

What is the #ChangeYourMind

According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), the goals of the #ChangeYourMind campaign are to:

  • De-stigmatize brain injury through outreach within the brain injury community
  • Empower those who have survived brain injury and their caregivers
  • Promote the many types of support that are available to people living with brain injury.

What is a TBI

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a forceful impact damages the brain. The damage can range from mild, moderate, or severe, but all brain injuries are serious and will affect you in various ways.

Car accidents, truck accidents, slip and falls, and other severe incidents are typical causes of life changing TBIs.

Signs and Symptoms of a TBI

The symptoms of a TBI depend on their condition, determined by a 15-point test.

Someone with a mild TBI may have a headache, concussion, dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, fatigue, mood swings, and behavioral changes. They may also have difficulty with memory, thinking, attention, and concentration.

Victims of moderate to severe TBIs typically experience more serious symptoms. Their headache may get worse or simply won’t go away. Moderate to severe TBIs may also lead to vomiting, seizures, the inability to wake up, slurred speech, and weakness. The loss of coordination and increased agitation and confusion may also occur.

TBI Treatments

After a mild TBI, conservative measures like rest and over-the-counter-pain relievers paired with close monitoring are typically prescribed. Most victims of mild TBIs slowly resume work and their normal routines.

Those with moderate to severe TBIs often require emergency care to make sure they have enough oxygen and blood flow. They may need medications like diuretics, anti-seizure drugs, and coma-inducing drugs to reduce the risk of secondary damage to the brain. Emergency surgery may also be required to prevent additional brain damage.

A severe brain injury almost always takes away an individual’s ability to perform basic activities. This can include getting out of bed, cooking, following directions, talking, walking, and understanding verbal and written information. Therefore, victims will likely require rehab, which may last for years or the rest of their life. The goal of rehabilitation is to relearn basic functions and live as they did before the injury.

You May Need a Brain Injury Lawyer

After a TBI, it’s important to consult an experienced lawyer who can investigate your case and determine liability. If another party’s negligence caused you TBI, a lawyer can file a personal injury claim.

A claim can help secure fair and full compensation for the serious damages the TBI caused. The compensation can ease the financial burden of the medical bills, rehab costs, assistive devices, home modifications, and lost wages.

Contact an Ohio Brain Injury Lawyer at KNR

As you can see, a TBI is a devastating injury. They often leave victims with medical bills and the inability to work and live the life they deserve.

If you or someone you love is facing TBI caused by an incident caused by negligence, call KNR at 1-800-HURT-NOW . We can inform you of your legal options and ensure your rights are protected.