What You Need to Know About Traumatic Brain Injuries
According to the CDC, 1.5 million Americans sustain TBIs each year. Some of these injuries are fatal, as 55,000 Americans die each year from TBIs. In honor of March being National Brain Injury Awareness Month, Jeff Hunter appeared on WAKA CBS 8 and WBMM CW 22 with host Olivia Deas to share helpful information about TBI prevalence, symptoms and prevention.
Jeff explained that a TBI is caused by a strike or blow to the head. TBIs vary in severity and are categorized as mild, moderate or severe. The most common TBI is a concussion, which is categorized as mild.
What Are the Symptoms of a TBI?
If a person sustains a TBI, there are various symptoms to look out for, including:
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Fatigue or Drowsiness
- Speech Difficulties
- Loss of Balance
- Slurred Speech
What Should You Do If You Think You Have a TBI?
With TBIs, it is better to be safe and make sure you are okay instead of waiting it out because they can cause serious, permanent damage. That’s why Jeff advises that if you or a loved one displays these symptoms, you should go to the hospital immediately to be checked out.
If you are the one who is injured, we advise against driving yourself. Instead, have a trusted family member or friend drive you to the hospital.
What Causes TBIs?
Playing contact sports, falls, car accidents and assault are among the main causes of TBIs. In fact, 14% of all TBIs result from motor vehicle accidents. Motor vehicle crashes are also the leading cause of TBI hospitalizations.
Let’s look at the breakdown of the causes of TBIs:
- 47% Falls
- 15% Struck by or Against an Object
- 14% Traffic Incidents
- 9% Assault
What Can You Do to Avoid Traumatic Brain Injury?
There are multiple, preventative steps that you can take to help keep you and your family members safe. Check out these simple, yet incredibly important, tips below:
- Wear a seatbelt while driving in a vehicle as a driver or passenger
- Wear a helmet when riding a bike, playing sports or on a motorcycle
- Put up safety gates for children near all steps
- Use non-slip mats and handrails on stairways to avoid falls
How Can You Recognize National Brain Injury Awareness Month?
In the spirit of National Brain Injury Awareness Month, you should speak with family and friends about the prevalence of TBIs, the symptoms and how to avoid them. Feel free to share this article with them and wear green, the official color of Traumatic Brain Injuries.
If you or a loved one is seriously injured from a traumatic brain injury, call the experienced Alabama Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers at Floyd Hunter Injury Law at 334-452-4000 for a free and confidential consultation.