Fort Myers Injury Lawyers: Have You Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury?

by Carmen Dellutri on March 27, 2013

traumatic brain injuryTraumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur far more often than many people expect. In fact, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a TBI every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those, an average of 52,000 people die, while 275,000 are hospitalized.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines a traumatic brain injury as an injury that occurs when a sudden physical assault on the head causes damage to the brain. Concussions are the most common and mildest form of traumatic brain injury, but can still have long-term consequences.

TBIs result from any number of situations. Some of the most common causes include sports injuries; car, bicycle, pedestrian, and motorcycle accidents; slips and falls; and defective products.

If you suspect that you or a loved one has suffered a head injury, it is important to seek medical treatment immediately. Symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Headache that gets worse and does not go away
  • Weakness, numbness or decreased coordination
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Slurred speech

Once you have been diagnosed with a TBI, it is important to take precautions to avoid a future head injury, including not returning to the regular activities too soon and wearing a helmet or other protective equipment. Studies have shown that repeat head injuries can be particularly dangerous.

Serious TBIs can also require costly long-term medical treatment and rehabilitation. Therefore, if negligence played a part in the injury, it is often advisable to speak with an experienced Fort Myers personal injury attorney.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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