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Causes and symptoms of brain injuries

Residents in Illinois may want to learn more about the causes and symptoms associated with the occurrence of brain injuries. People who suffer brain injuries may exhibit a number of different symptoms, some more severe than others. Some of the common symptoms include numbness, debilitating headaches, nausea, excessive fatigue and slurred speech. More serious head injuries may lead to to weakness in the appendages, loss of vision, loss of consciousness or vomiting.

Symptoms of a brain injury do not always present themselves immediately, so anyone suffering any significant blows to the head is advised to seek medical attention as soon as possible. However, generally speaking, symptoms of brain injuries typically surface shortly after the incident occurs. Researchers claim that nearly 140 people in the United States die from brain injuries every day. These types of injuries are often caused by a blunt force to the head, a significant jolt to the head or an object penetrating the head, skull or brain.

Some of the commonly cited causes of brain injuries include accidents at the workplace, combat injuries and explosions associated with military service, sports injuries, auto-collisions and falling accidents. Medical malpractice involving failure to properly diagnose a brain tumor, birth injuries or anesthesia errors are also attributed to causing brain injuries. Incidents involving gunshot wounds, child abuse and domestic violence may also cause brain damage.

People who have suffered a brain injury caused by medical error may benefit from contacting legal counsel. Lawyers may be able to investigate the incident and help identify all of the parties that might be culpable for the resulting damages. Victims of brain injuries may be entitled to recover restitution that can help account for ongoing medical care, loss of income and other hardships caused by the liable parties.

Source: Findlaw, "Brain injury", November 18, 2014

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