Understanding the impact of traumatic brain injuries in Tennessee

After suffering a traumatic brain injury, people may experience a range of short and long-term effects, which may impact their lifestyles and careers.

People in Tennessee, and throughout the U.S., commonly suffer head trauma, known as traumatic brain injuries. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that as many as 1.7 million people suffer these types of injuries each year. Depending on the type and severity of head injury a person suffers, he or she may experience a range of symptoms, some of which may be short-term, and others that are lasting.

Traumatic brain injuries are a group of acquired injuries that are sustained when a sudden trauma causes brain damage. This may be due to jolts, bumps or blows to the head or body, as well as penetrating injuries. Although commonly associated with combat and sports-related contact, traumatic brain injuries may be caused by a number of factors, including motor vehicle collisions, assaults and work accidents.

Potential short-term effects

Immediately following, or in the subsequent days and weeks, people may experience a range of effects due to traumatic brain injuries. According to the Mayo Clinic, this includes loss of consciousness, disorientation or confusion, or drowsiness and fatigue. People may also suffer from headaches, experience dizziness, become nauseated or vomit. Additionally, traumatic brain injuries may also cause people to have blurred vision, ringing in their ears, or sensitivity to lights and sounds.

With rest and time, many of these effects subside for those who have suffered minor or mild injuries. For some, however, they may persist, which could have an impact on their normal daily activities, including their jobs.

Potential long-term effects

When people suffer brain injuries that are severe, or permanent, it may cause them to experience other symptoms, and it can have serious implications for their long-term health. Medical News Today reports that traumatic brain injuries may lead to comas, seizures, nerve damage and infections for some people. Additionally, people may develop potentially debilitating conditions, including Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease, well after suffering this type of head trauma. They may also develop long-term depression or post-concussion syndrome. Often, these effects are lasting, and may require ongoing medical treatment and care.

Coping with a traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injuries differ by type and severity, and do not affect all people in the same way. Typically, people are advised to slowly return to their normal activities, including their work-related duties, after their symptoms have subsided. In cases when the effects are long lasting, or permanent, people may be forced to change their lifestyles and, possibly, their professional roles.

Seeking legal guidance

When people in Tennessee suffer traumatic brain injuries, they often require medical treatment, in addition to time off of work to recover. This often translates into medical expenses and lost wages that they were not prepared for. If the injury was caused by the negligence, or intentional actions, of another, however, he or she may be held liable. As such, it may benefit those who have suffered a head trauma to consult with an attorney. A legal representative may explain their rights, and help them understand their options for pursuing financial compensation.