Personal injuries refer to any time you are injured by another’s negligence or lack of care. For example, slip-and-fall injuries in a premises liability case, car accidents, commercial vehicle accidents, etc., all qualify has personal injuries. The resulting litigation is also called personal injury lawsuits in Kennewick, Washington. Unfortunately, we collectively seem to focus on the physical injuries that we can see, but we often forget about those injuries you cannot see, like traumatic brain injuries. These can occur, even when you think you got lucky and survived uninjured.
What causes them?
The reason TBIs are so pervasive with personal injuries is that they can occur anytime your body is jolted. Of course, if there is a direct head impact or puncture, a TBI occurs, but the more frequent TBI is the result of a violent jolt or shake to the body that affects the head.
Treatment is needed immediately
Sometimes, TBIs go away on their own, but frequently, without treatment, TBIs get worse. And, if you are experiencing systems, those systems also can get worse over time.
Common TBI symptoms
Since the brain affects every part of your body and personality, TBI symptoms can be anything out of the ordinary. However, there are telltale TBI symptoms. Some physical symptoms include nausea (and vomiting), drowsiness and fatigue, persistent or intermittent headache, loss of balance and dizziness.
You could also have problems with your speech and sensory symptoms. This includes odd tastes, random changes in smell or the ability to smell and taste. Other sensory symptoms can include ears ringing and blurred vision.
There are also classic cognitive symptoms that can affect your behavior and mental health. The immediate impact could cause a loss of consciousness. However, even if you do not lose consciousness, after the impact, you could feel confused, dazed or disoriented. Then, you could have concentration and memory problems, which can then, turn into erratic mood swings, depression and anxiety.
These issues can wreak havoc with your ability to sleep, which is essential to your physical and mental well-being. The TBI itself can also cause sleep issues that can have the same effects. This is why it is so important to be checked out by a medical professional after every accident, and let your Kennewick, Washington, attorney know about the TBI too.