Traumatic brain injuries may cause symptoms ranging from cognitive and mental to sensory to physical. Sudden blows or jolts, such as those resulting from motor vehicle collisions, slips and falls, or other such accidents, sometimes cause damage to the brain.
Head trauma resulting in TBIs causes mild to severe symptoms, some of which resolve with time and appropriate attention and others that need longer-term or lifelong care.
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, people commonly exhibit cognitive effects due to traumatic brain injuries. Some of the most common of these include the following:
- Problem-solving, judgment and memory deficits
- Decreased self-awareness and awareness of others
- Difficulties understanding abstract concepts or multi-step commands
In serious cases, traumatic brain injuries also sometimes cause comas.
According to MayoClinic.org, traumatic brain injuries also sometimes cause sensory issues. After suffering this type of head trauma, people commonly experience things such as sensitivity to sound or light, ringing in the ears and blurred vision. Additionally, they may have changes in their ability to smell or experience a bad taste in their mouths.
Often the most noticeable and profound, physical symptoms also result from TBIs. The most frequently reported of these include those such as headache, dizziness or balance issues, drowsiness or fatigue, and nausea or vomiting. Some people who suffer traumatic brain injuries also have speech problems temporarily or permanently following their accidents.
When TBIs occur due to the negligence or recklessness of others, the at-fault parties sometimes bear financial responsibility for victims’ resulting losses. Therefore, those who suffer traumatic brain injuries may consider their options for recovering compensatory damages.