What You Need to Know About Traumatic Brain Injuries

Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: ” What should I do if I’m injured as a passenger in a car accident?”


The human brain is essential to our every day functioning. It controls our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Without the brain, the human body does not function. As such, injuries that involve the brain need to be taken seriously and treated quickly. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are serious injuries that occur not only in North Carolina, but across the entire United States. Not every traumatic brain injury is blatantly obvious. Even if symptoms do not manifest right away or to the naked eye, it is important to be on the lookout for potential injury. Know the signs of brain injury and common causes of injury so that you can look out for yourself and your loved ones.


protection-helmet-Brain-injury-TBI-Injury-Charlotte-Monroe-Lake-Norman-Injury-Lawyers-300x219The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that traumatic brain injuries account for approximately 30% of all injury related deaths. Approximately 153 people per day die from injuries that include TBI across the entire United States. Even if a TBI does not result in death, an individual who has suffered a TBI is often left with life-altering injuries for days, weeks, years, and even the rest of their lives. The best way to prevent long-lasting TBIs is to be aware of the symptoms and seek medical help immediately.


In general, a TBI is caused by “a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal functions of the brain.” If this descriptions sound vague, it is not a mistake. A TBI can occur from even the smallest of bumps an jolts. A TBI can be mild to severe in injury. One reason TBIs can go undetected is because people think the symptoms are a common headache or other “common” ailment that does not require treatment.


Symptoms of TBI

TBIs can occur after a serious car accident or a seemingly simple fall when one bumps his or her head. However, not every bump to the head is going to result in a TBI. Therefore, it is important to know the signs and symptoms of a TBI so you know when to seek help.


  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Feeling groggy or slowed down
  • Difficulty thinking
  • Memory loss
  • Headache
  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Difficulty balancing
  • Depleted energy
  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • Increased anxiety
  • Irregular sleeping patterns


The above is not an all-inclusive list of symptoms, but is a good representation of common symptoms of a TBI. Of course, not every headache is a sign of a TBI, but if it is accompanied by a fall or bump to the head, it could be worth seeking medical attention.


Life after a traumatic brain injury can be drastically altered. The injury can result in financial burdens for the care required after an injury. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are here to help you in the wake of a TBI. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury because of the negligence or wrongful act of another, there are options available to you. Let us help take some of the stress off of you by seeking the financial compensation to which you might be entitled. Now taking cases throughout the Charlotte region with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and the new location under renovation in Monroe. Contact us, for a free consultation, call us at 704-370-2828 or click here for additional resources.







The skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery and obtaining justice for every personal injury client injured by another party’s negligence. The issues our personal injury clients may be facing include, but are not limited to, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, product liability, catastrophic injuries, dog bite claims, car and truck accident injuries, motorcycle injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home negligence, spinal cord injury, boating accidents, and defective medical device injury. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact such an injury can have on a person’s life, and that the effects so often go beyond physical pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to helping clients determine the strength of their claims, and to aggressively pursuing the means necessary to achieve the best possible end result for each client’s particular situation.







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