Traumatic Brain Injury Month
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Mar 01, 2009 in Brain Injuries
March is Brain Injury Month. Approximately 1.4 million people will suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) this year, resulting in 50,000 deaths. The four most common causes of a traumatic brain injury are falls, motor vehicle-traffic crashes, instances of being struck by or against another object and assaults. For more information on traumatic brain injuries, please visit our website or the website for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
TBIs are often missed or misdiagnosed in older adults. One example of a TBI going undetected was the tragic accident of actress Natasha Richardson who fell and suffered a TBI while skiing. After suffering what appeared to a minor accident, Richardson initially reported feeling fine. A short while later, she developed a headache and was rushed to a hospital. She died
What to look for if someone you know has suffered a blow to the head:
- Low-grade headache that wont go away
- Difficulty remembering things, paying attention or concentrating, making decisions and solving problems
- Mood changes
- Slowness in thinking, speaking, acting, or reading
- Getting lost or easily confused
- Lack of energy or motivation, tired
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping longer than normal
- Feeling light-headed or dizzy
- Increased sensitivity to sounds, lights, & distractions
- Blurred vision
- Loss of sense of taste or smell
- Ringing in the ears
- Change in sexual drive
These symptoms may reflect serious problems and need immediate attention from a healthcare provider.
Pitman, Kalkhoff & Sicula is a Wisconsin personal injury law firm handling cases through out the state. Our Wisconsin injury attorneys have successfully represented injured people in almost every county. We know Wisconsin.