“Traumatic brain injury usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. An object penetrating the skull, such as a bullet or shattered piece of skull, also can cause traumatic brain injury.”
A traumatic brain injury can be debilitating and life-altering, yet all too often goes ignored or misdiagnosed. The Mayo Clinic estimates that as approximately 20 percent of traumatic brain injuries are caused by violence, which can include a gunshot wound, punches to the head, kicks to the head, a hard fall on the head, or having one’s head slammed against the ground, a wall or other hard surface.
Symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) range from mild to severe, and include:
- Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
- Confusion, disorientation
- Persistent headaches, nausea or vomiting
- Frequent fatigue or drowsiness
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Problems concentrating, memory loss
- Mood changes or mood swings
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Vision problems
- Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
The financial implications of living with a traumatic brain injury are substantial. Not only does someone with TBI require extensive, long-term medical care, but they may be unable to work and require modifications to their home. The lawyers at Klein Civil Rights are experienced in TBI cases and civil rights cases, and can help if you or a loved one has been the victim of excessive force by law enforcement resulting in traumatic brain injury.