Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) refer to sudden damage to the brain as the result of sudden blows or jolts to the area. While anything can result in a traumatic brain injury, some of the most common causes of these injuries include crashes, falls, and sports injuries. TBIs can range from mild to severe in nature. Consequently, the treatment of traumatic brain injuries can vary from rest and medication to complex medical procedures. Even after the initial incident has occurred, surviving a brain injury can have a lasting impact on a person’s mental and physical abilities. If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI, an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney can help guide you through the process of pursuing the compensation you deserve for your losses.
A traumatic brain injury is an injury that results from a blow or jolt to the head, from either blunt or penetrating trauma. The injury that a person incurs at the moment of impact is referred to as the primary injury, and it can involve damage done to either a specific lobe of the brain or to the entire brain. Some injuries can result in a skull fracture, but this is not always the case. During the collision or jolt, a person’s brain can move back and forth inside the skull and can result in bleeding, bruising, or the tearing of nerve fibers. Immediately following the accident, a TBI victim will often end up feeling confused and may not remember how the accident occurred.
While the victim of a traumatic brain injury may feel just fine immediately after an accident, the victim’s condition often worsens days or weeks later. This is because following an initial impact, a person’s brain experiences a delayed trauma and swells against the skull, which reduces the flood of oxygen-filled blood. This swelling is referred to as a secondary injury, and it is often even more serious than the primary injury.
Traumatic brain injuries are divided into categories based on the severity as well as the mechanism of injury.
Traumatic brain injuries can take various forms, but some of the most common types of injuries that people are known to face include:
Medical professionals are learning more and more about traumatic brain injuries as a result of recent research. While medical professionals once treated concussions as mere bumps on the head, we now understand that even small brain injuries can result in long-lasting consequences. Even though it seems like it should be easy to obtain compensation for brain injuries, these types of personal injury cases often present unique challenges, including that it can be difficult to calculate the damages associated with such an injury.
In these situations, it can help to obtain the assistance of a compassionate personal injury lawyer who knows how to fight for the maximum compensation that traumatic brain injury victims deserve. While brain injuries can occur in countless ways, the following outlines just some of the most common causes as well as some helpful tips you can follow to reduce the risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Due to the violent jostling associated with car crashes and motorcycle accidents, a vehicle occupant’s head can strike the steering wheel, dashboard, windows, or any other part of the car. Injuries associated with car crashes are often “closed-head,” which means they are not visible from the outside. Individuals who are injured in car accidents should promptly seek medical attention, even if they do not immediately display any overt symptoms associated with a traumatic brain injury.
Accidents can (and do) happen at any place and at any time, which unfortunately includes the home. People can often end up in accidents while using ladders, cleaning floors, or replacing electrical outlets. Objects can fall from high shelves, and the resulting impact can lead to serious brain injuries.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in increased domestic violence. Even though negligence plays a role in many accidents that result in traumatic brain injuries, TBIs can also be caused by domestic violence as well as other types of assault and intentional violence. Brain injuries that occur as a result of intentional violence are often open wounds that result in serious impairments.
Medical malpractice occurs when any type of healthcare provider makes a mistake or treats a patient negligently. Sometimes this occurs when the brain does not receive an adequate supply of oxygen during a medical procedure. When a patient’s body does not have the oxygen required to function, brain cells die suddenly. When medical professionals commit errors involving anesthesia, medication, or supplemental oxygen, brain damage is a common result. Tragically, if medical professionals fail to promptly notice this mistake, the damage is often irreversible, which can lead to a lifetime of complications for the patient.
A slip and fall can occur anywhere, which includes someone else’s home, a hotel, or a business. When people slip, they often experience an impact to the head. As a result, things like internal bleeding, skull fractures, and traumatic brain injuries are common results of slip and fall accidents.
Sporting accidents are a common cause of concussions as well as other types of traumatic brain injuries. While the risk of TBIs is ever-present in sports that involve intentional contact, like football, brain injuries can also occur in sports where contact is incidental, like baseball. Even if a blow looks small or less serious at a first glance, chronic brain damage can still result if a player does not receive adequate and timely medical treatment.
Certain steps can be taken to reduce the risks of incurring a traumatic brain injury. Some of these include the following:
Tragically, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have a substantial impact on the people who suffer them, as well as their loved ones. Not only do these injuries create issues in the immediate aftermath of an accident, but they can lead to consequences that last for the rest of a victim’s life. TBI can disrupt a person’s emotional, psychological, and physical well-being. The following reviews some of the symptoms and side effects associated with traumatic brain injuries that can cause problems for a victim long after an accident or act of negligence has occurred.
When you experience a serious head injury, your brain begins to repair the tissue as well as other internal damage. When combined with direct treatment, the body is sometimes successful in recovering from these injuries entirely. Some parts of the brain are beyond repair after some injuries, however, and as a result, victims end up experiencing a decline that fills the rest of their life with challenges. Some symptoms associated with a traumatic brain injury only become noticeable months or years after an injury, while other times initial symptoms just worsen substantially over time.
People with brain injuries often end up struggling with a combination of physical symptoms which can last for years or even a lifetime. Some of the most common chronic complications faced by brain injury victims include:
Countless emotional and psychological complications are known to develop after traumatic brain injuries. Impaired memory as well as other cognitive difficulties are common among brain injury victims. Some of the other challenges commonly faced by victims include anxiety, depression, inability to perform simple tasks, and difficulty sleeping.
Besides emotional and physical complications, brain injury victims often end up facing various other hardships that result in a decreased quality of life. Some examples of these include:
Remember, the ramifications of a traumatic brain injury can vary substantially. While some people gradually face an increased number of hardships over the years due to a traumatic brain injury, other people experience an improvement and sometimes even a return to normal functioning after a brain injury. Some of the factors that influence a person’s road to recovery include the patient’s age, the patient’s ability to pay for medical costs, and the health of the patient at the time of the accident. An experienced attorney will fight tirelessly to make sure that you receive the greatest amount of compensation possible. Contact Kruger & Hodges today to schedule a free case evaluation.