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Sleep Disorders and Traumatic Brain Injury

Experiencing a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as the result of an accident can change your life in unimaginable ways, as well as significantly impact the lives of your loved ones. TBI can be defined “as an alteration in brain functioning or brain pathology caused by an external force.” A TBI can usually be caused by a violent or forceful impact to the head, which commonly occurs in car accidents and even as the result of seemingly harmless slip-and-falls.

Some symptoms which indicate that you might have sustained a TBI include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue/Drowsiness
  • Speech related problems
  • Dizziness or loss of balance

Sleep Disorders Caused by Traumatic Brain Injuries

Some people who experience traumatic brain injury also develop sleep disorders.

Unfortunately, sleep disorders are fairly common amongst people who are suffering from traumatic brain injuries. According to one report, sleep disturbances affect 30%–70% of individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. This can be a massive number considering that an estimated 1.6 to 3 million traumatic brain injuries occur in the United States every year. Although anyone can experience a TBI, it is estimated that 80% of people who suffer from TBIs are males. TBIs also seem to be more common among people who are above the age of 65.

Oftentimes, sleep disorders can arise years after suffering a traumatic brain injury. Some of the more common sleep disorders which can result from a TBI include:

  • Insomnia: Where the patient has difficulty falling or staying asleep.
  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness: Extreme drowsiness.
  • Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome: Where the patient has mixed-up sleep patterns.
  • Narcolepsy: Where the patient falls asleep suddenly during the day.

There are multiple ways to treat sleep disorders, such as receiving therapy, counseling, taking the appropriate medications, or even utilizing natural remedies. While the legal system cannot heal your injuries, it can facilitate monetary compensation for your losses and pain and suffering. While the value of such claims will vary depending on the severity of the injuries, generally speaking, traumatic brain injuries can be worth significant amounts of money.

An experienced brain injury attorney will need to go over the facts of the accident, as well as the subsequent medical records which prove your injuries. It is important to remember that just because you have sustained a TBI does not automatically entitle you to recovery; rather, you will still need to prove your case. This is where Salamati Law can help.

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If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury after a catastrophic accident, reach out to the experienced serious injury attorneys of Salamati Law today. Our team of knowledgeable Los Angeles traumatic brain injury attorneys will listen to your story and work with you to obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation. 

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