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Saturday, October 19, 2013

When To Contact An Attorney Following A Traumatic Brain Injury

Approximately 1.4 million people sustain a traumatic brain (TBI) injury each year in the United States. Of that number, three out of four are considered a "mild" traumatic brain injury (mTBI).

According to the Mayo Clinic, mTBI symptoms include:
  • Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
  • No loss of consciousness, but a state of being dazed, confused or disoriented
  • Memory or concentration problems
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sensory problems, such as blurred vision, ringing in the ears or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Mood changes or mood swings
  • Feeling depressed or anxious
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sleeping more than usual
The October 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (JAAOS) published an article discussing mild traumatic brain injuries and the accidents most responsible for them. JAAOS found that falls and motor vehicle accidents are to blame for most cases of minor traumatic brain injuries, and a common cause of bone and joint injuries. Lead study author Richard L. Uhl, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y. found that "Musculoskeletal injuries are often seen concurrently with some studies estimating that 50 percent of patients with orthopaedic injuries also sustain a mTBI."

This silent epidemic, as dubbed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is considered a major public health issue. Patients that suffer a mTBI and multisystem trauma are twice as likely to have persistent cognitive impairment, along with reported symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD. Patients with mTBI paired with lower extremity injuries are three times as likely to undergo behavioral and cognitive difficulties at a year post injury. Patients whose symptoms last more than three months are said to have post-concussion syndrome. This disorder can be linked with significant financial, social, and emotional challenges.

These symptoms are why it's imperative an attorney is contacted after an accident. If you or a loved one has suffered any type of traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of another party, contact the St. Louis Personal Injury Attorneys of The Glassman Law Firm at 314-446-6000 or find them online at www.glassmanlegal.com. While your life my never be the same, the Glassman Law Firm will fight to get you the damages you are entitled to.

1 comment:

  1. I just found your article very informative. Traumatic brain injury is very different than other injuries, as the brain is not able to recover like other parts of the body. Also referred to as TBI, traumatic brain injury changes the injured person's life permanently, as their mental acuity, body functions, physical control, and personality each may be affected. Thanks for all the information about it.
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