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Traumatic brain injuries can have a traumatic impact on victims

Accidents that cause brain injuries can happen in the blink of an eye, but the impact they have on victims can last a lifetime.

Traumatic brain injuries disrupt the normal functions of the brain, which could lead to severe, permanent conditions. With this in mind, we urge readers to take seriously any accident or event that could cause a traumatic brain injury and get the help you need to recover and cope with the effects of the injury.

Any situation that causes a blow or jolt to the head can cause a TBI, though there are certain events that more commonly cause this type of injury You should see a doctor if you:

  • Have been in a car accident
  • Are physically assaulted
  • Fall and hit your head
  • Are struck in the head by an object
  • Get hit while playing football, soccer or another sport

After these types of events, a person can experience a range of symptoms; some are severe and acute, others are mild and gradual. However, you should take all symptoms seriously, as they could be signs of trauma. Symptoms to look for include:

  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Memory loss and concentration problems
  • Speech problems
  • Sleep problems

In some cases, emergency medical attention can stop the progression of symptoms and minimize the damage, so it is crucial to see a doctor right away.

Sadly, there are situations in which the damage from a TBI is severe. A person might experience:

  • An inability to communicate
  • Severe mood swings
  • Difficulty functioning in social situations
  • Sensory decline or confusion
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Increased engagement in risky behaviors

Often, victims of TBI who suffer this level of trauma will be unable to care for themselves, let alone support themselves with substantial gainful activity.

In these situations, disability benefits may be available. However, the application process and eligibility requirements are trickier than most people expect. And when you or a loved one has a serious brain injury, it can be all but impossible to understand eligibility and how to make a solid claim for these benefits. Thankfully, you don’t have to do this on your own. You can consult experienced attorneys familiar with the Social Security system and the steps that eligible parties must take to pursue these critical benefits.

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