Anyone in Connecticut who has sustained a severe bump to the head can have some level of understanding about brain injuries. Even a mild hit can result in dizziness or confusion, even if just momentarily. As noted by WebMD.com, a brain injury can be anything from a mild concussion to a more serious injury that results in permanent brain damage. Anything that shakes the brain or that pierces through the skull can bruise or tear the brain. The severity of a traumatic brain injury is impacted by the nature of an individual incident as well as the experience of any repeated injuries.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke notes that one-half of all traumatic brain injuries result from motor vehicle accidents. The organization also states that alcohol is a known factor in a large number of head injuries. A head injury can involve damage to only one part of the brain or to multiple areas of the brain.
Symptoms of a serious injury to the brain can be varied and not all may be experienced immediately. Common things to look for include:
Loss of consciousness for any length of time.
A spacey or dazed feeling.
Ringing in the ears.
Inability to see clearly.
Problems with cognition or memory.
In mild brain injury cases, symptoms will ease in as little as a few days. In more serious injuries, symptoms do not alleviate or can even get worse.
Connecticut residents with brain injuries may need to undergo multiple types of therapy and even take medications. For some people, long-term care can be needed.