A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, occurs when an external force injures the brain. Causes include slips/trips/falls, vehicle collisions, military incidents, construction incidents, sports and violence. Brain trauma occurs as a consequence of a sudden acceleration or deceleration within the cranium or by a complex combination of both movement and sudden impact.
The general term “head injury” is often used synonymously with traumatic brain injury. A TBI can range in severity from a mild temporary amnesia to a more serious permanent coma. Some TBIs may heal over time and some functionality may important through therapy; however, other impairments may never improve—and may even worsen over time.
TBI symptoms may vary widely depending on the type and severity of the injury and the area of the brain affected by the trauma. Debilitating symptoms of TBI include severe headaches, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, tired eyes, blurred vision, lightheadedness and lack of motor skills or motor control (use of the hands, arms, legs and feet). Because of the wide variety of symptoms associated with a TBI, it is sometimes misdiagnosed or an individual may be suffering from the symptoms without realizing they are the latent effects of a traumatic brain injury.
A severe TBI not only impacts the life of an individual and their family, but it also has a large societal and economic toll. Millions of Americans are living with a TBI-related disability, affecting their ability to work or be employed, do household tasks, drive and/or participate in other activities of daily living.
TBI is a major cause of death and disability worldwide. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury and have been denied your long-term care benefits from companies like Unum, Hartford or Cigna, the attorneys at Burke Harvey can help. Call for your free consultation today.