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What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

You may have heard the term “traumatic brain injury” or TBI for short before but that does not mean it was fully explained to you. Just what is a traumatic brain injury? Are there non-traumatic brain injuries?

The term traumatic brain injury is somewhat misleading in the way that every brain injury is or can be traumatic. As many medical clinics around the world define it, a TBI is any sort of brain dysfunction that has been caused by an outside or unnatural force, such as a strike to the head or disease. A “brain dysfunction” is an intentionally vague term, as any abnormality in your brain is a dysfunction, and any should be taken seriously.

Common symptoms to traumatic brain injuries include:

  • Blacking out
  • Dizziness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Nausea
  • Slurred speech
  • Chronic headaches

Less common and potentially more dangerous symptoms include:

  • Amnesia
  • Inability to understand communication or basic concepts
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Sensory loss (blindness, deafness, etc.)
  • Bleeding from nose, mouth, or ears
  • Tinnitus (ringing in ears)

Any of the aforementioned symptoms could escalate into a severe, permanent brain injury that threatens the victim’s life. The worsening of the conditions often comes without warning and happens rapidly. If you or someone you know has had an accident or was ill recently and are now showing signs of a traumatic brain injury, please call emergency medical responders immediately. Most traumatic brain injuries can only be prevented, not cured, so it is important to catch them as soon as they happen and before they worsen.

After Medical Help Comes Legal Help

Once you have been treated to the full extent of your medical practitioner’s abilities for your traumatic brain injury, the next step is to call an Albuquerque brain injury attorney right away. With the help of Attorney Michael J. Doyle and our law firm, you may be able to pinpoint the exact moment your TBI occurred and, perhaps more importantly, who is to blame for it. If we can determine who is liable for your suffering, we may be able to win you compensation that helps pay for any and all medical treatments and inconveniences, in the past, present, and for years into the future.

Call 505.219.2176 and schedule a complimentary case evaluation.

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