Many people suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI) when they are involved in falls, car crashes, and other types of accidents.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, there are two types of brain injury: Acquired Brain Injury, which is caused by internal factors such as a lack of oxygen, and traumatic brain injury, which is caused by external factors.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that TBI can affect the way a person:
Thinks (Memory and Reasoning)
Experiences Sensations (Touch, Taste, Smell)
Communicates With Others
Controls his or her emotions
While some people may recover from TBI and return to normal lives, many others never regain normal functioning in the brain. They may require ongoing care and treatment as well as assistance with basic living tasks.
Common causes of Traumatic Brain Injury include:
Brain Injury During Motor Vehicle Accident
Slip and Falls
Fall From Elevated Surface
Sports and Recreation
If you have suffered a head injury in an accident, your doctor may have told you that the injury is one of these common types of brain damage:
Contusion – A bruise on the brain that typically occurs when a person’s head suffers a direct impact.
Concussion – A single concussion makes the victim vulnerable to additional concussions.
Diffuse Axonal – After a sudden jolt, the brain slams against the interior skull and suffers damage in multiple places.
If you are involved in any type of accident or otherwise suffer a blow to the head, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible. The signs and symptoms depend on the extent of damage to the brain. They include:
Mild TBI – A person with mild TBI may remain conscious or may experience a loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes. Other symptoms of mild TBI include:
Trouble with memory, concentration, attention, and/or thinking
Moderate-To-Severe TBI – A person with a moderate or severe TBI may show the above symptom as well as:
A headache that gets worse or does not go away
Repeated vomiting or nausea
Convulsions or Seizures
An inability to awaken from sleep
Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
Typically, a patient surfing Traumatic Brain Injury will be treated by an interdisciplinary team of professionals. This team usually includes a primary care physician, neurologist, surgeon, physical therapist, and psychologist.
A person who has suffered TBI may require medical care that includes:
Emergency Medical Treatment
X-rays, MRIs, or CT Scans
Use of Assistive Devices
Ongoing Care and Counseling
If you have been injured in an accident that may have caused a traumatic brain injury, seek medical attention immediately. Then, contact us for a free and confidential consultation.
Our team is dedicated to pursuing the highest amount of compensation which may include:
Past and Future Medical Expenses
Lost Income and Diminished Earning Capacity
Disability or Loss of Normal Life
Physical and Mental Pain and Suffering
Increased Risk of Future Harm
Shortened Life Expectancy