In the state of Florida, 99.4 people were hospitalized for traumatic brain injury in 2012 for every 100,000 people in the state. According to Florida Health, this means close to 20,000 people had to be hospitalized because of suffering a brain injury. Many brain injury victims experience serious symptoms, including seizures.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine has published research warning that between one and five out of every 10 brain injury sufferers experiences seizures following the traumatic brain injury (TBI). The likelihood of seizures following a brain injury varies depending upon where scarring in the brain forms because of the injury.
Seizures occur due to an abnormal electrical disturbance within the brain. Loss of control occurs during the duration of the seizure, which can last anywhere from several seconds to several minutes. Seizures can result in uncontrolled body movements; shaking; stiffening; non-responsiveness; dizziness; and strange smells and tastes. Seizure sufferers could lose control of their bladder and bowels or could bite their tongues. Lingering after-effects of each seizure could include drowsiness, difficulty understanding and weakness.
Seizures can sometimes, but not always, be controlled with medication. A seizure sufferer may be unable to work or to drive. The financial and non-economic loss that can result from suffering seizures following a TBI can be substantial. If someone else caused your traumatic brain injury and you are now experiencing seizures, you should consult with a Florida brain injury attorney for assistance in pursuing a claim for compensation from the person or company which harmed your health.