Tampa Accident Lawyer

Have you ever been in a bad car accident in Tampa or suffered from a sports-related head injury? Can we call that a Traumatic Brain Injury? Like most people, we have heard about TBI but we are unaware of what it is, what causes it, who is at risk and how to prevent it. How serious is a sudden trauma to the head? Here are the basics of brain injury: Simplified and explained.

Simply put, a traumatic injury or damage to the brain that results from an outside force such as rapid acceleration or deceleration, impact, blast waves, or penetration by a projectile is defined as Traumatic Brain Injury. When the damage is caused when something is passed through the skull and pierced through the brain, this is called a penetrating or open head injury. On the other hand, when the brain undergoes a significant acceleration or deceleration, such as whiplash injury or violent shaking of an infant which causes shaken baby syndrome, this is called a non-penetrating or closed head injury.

Some of the most common symptoms of a TBI are headaches, loss of consciousness, dizziness, irritability, confusion, difficulty in concentration, nausea, vomiting, vision disturbance and loss of memory.

While there is a diverse range of causes of TBI, the most common causes include falls, violence or assaults, transportation accidents, construction, and sports. What people should know is that TBI is the leading cause of death and disability around the globe, mostly at risk are children aged five to nine and adults over age 80 with a higher rate of occurrence in men. The greatest number of TBIs occur in people aged 15–24.

In order to prevent the occurrence of TBI or at least reduce its incidence and gravity, there are many preventive measures we can take such as:

  1. Always wear seatbelts either when riding or driving a vehicle and wear the proper protective gear.
  2. Never drive under the influence.
  3. Make sure your children are also safely bucked up.
  4. In sports, use helmets when required.
  5. We can make the living arrangements of seniors into a safe haven by removing hazardous materials that can cause accidental tripping.
  6. We can also protect our children from falling from stairways and windows by installing safety gates and window guards.
  7. Educate ourselves to raise awareness about TBI.

The next time you are experiencing the mentioned symptoms after an accident, it is best not to take the injury lightly. Always have a doctor check your condition. And if for some reason, your brain injury is a result of someone else’s negligence, you must know your rights. A Tampa accident lawyer can review your case and give you legal advice.

This article is not intended as legal advice.