TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Over 1,500,000 people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year - 85,000 or more of those suffering from long-term symptoms and over 50,000 will die. TBIs can cause bleeding in the brain which is especially serious and can lead to death if not treated immediately. Traumatic Brain Injury victims require medical care by skilled providers and representation by skilled and aggressive Brain Injury Lawyers to ensure the victim receives the proper medical care and compensation for their injuries.


 

COMMON CAUSES AND TYPES OF TRAUMATIC BRIAN INJURY
 

vehicle accidents: Car Accident Injuries cause 14% of brain injuries and 26% of all deaths stemming from brain injuries. Car Accidents can result in the vehicle occupants being ejected from the vehicle or thrown about the inside of the cabin, causing the head to impact with the steering wheel, dash, or pavement. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident and hit suffered any head injury or trauma, a physician or emergency care doctor should evaluate the injury to determine the extent of the damage as soon as possible.

 

Motorcycles And Bicycle Crash: Like Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents are likely to result in the rider suffering from a head injury. Motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in serious head injury than Car Accidents and any rider who was involved in an accident should see a physician or emergency care doctor evaluate the injury and determine the extent of the damage as soon as possible.

 

Birth Injuries: Difficult or unusual births or deliveries can result in traumatic brain injuries – this can be from the obstetrician handling the head or forcing delivery with forceps to help deliver the baby. 

 

Slips And Falls Injuries: Slip and fall injuries are one of the most types of injuries and can result in a direct and forceful blow to the head which if left untreated can cause serious TBI.

 

Cerebral Contusion: Bleeding or bruising of the brain caused by an impact to the head.

 

Coup-Contrecoup Concussion: A TBI that causes damage to multiple parts of the brain. The initial damage is caused to part of the brain where the impact happened, the secondary damage occurs to an area of the brain that was moved due to the force of the impact.


 

Diffuse Axonal Injuries: Caused by intense and repeated shaking or rotating – such as shaken baby syndrome or intense car accidents. 

 

Penetration TBI: Caused by direct impact and trauma to the brain - typically involves a fracture or break in the skull, often against the ground or by a foreign object.

 

Closed Head Injury: TBI where the skull has not been fractured or opened, these may not be initially apparent because the damage to the head may not be visible after the impact. A closed head injury can lead to increased pressure on the brain from unresolved bleeding. These are the most common type of traumatic brain injuries.


 

TREATMENT AND TESTS

TBIs are one of the most serious and life-altering injuries that someone can endure – however, not every TBI is easily identified or diagnosed at the outset – some can take time to present, and catching and treating these early is the key to preventing or reversing life-altering damage to the brain.

 

Some of the common tests to diagnose and determine a TBI are:

 

Cognitive Assessment: Problem-solving, memory, neuropsychological, and brain-behavior / sensory-motor processing. 

 

Imaging tests such as MRIs, CT scans, and other scans such as PET and SPECT

 

Functional impairment assessment 

 

Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS). Based upon a person's ability to speak, open their eyes, and move. The score is scaled and the lower the score the more serious the TBI. 

 

Speech and language tests. 

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF TBI

 

There are several levels of brain injuries. Different signs and symptoms are associated with each type.

 

Mild TBI: The Mayo Clinic, lists the following common mild TBI symptoms, separated into three categories:

 

Physical Symptoms

  • Temporary loss of consciousness

  • Feelings of confusion, disorientation, or feeling dazed

  • Headaches

  • Insomnia and problems sleeping or excessive sleep

  • Balance loss

  • Fatigue

  • Vomiting

  • Nausea

 

Symptoms Of The Senses

  • Blurred vision

  • Ear ringing

  • Light sensitivity

  • Badmouth tastes

  • Changes in the ability to smell

 

Cognitive Symptoms

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Loss of memory

  • Changes in moods

  • Depression or anxiety


 

Moderate or Severe TBI: Symptoms of moderate or severe traumatic brain injuries:

 

Physical Symptoms

  • Loss of consciousness is more than just temporary – it lasts for minutes or hours

  • Headaches that persist

  • Repeated nausea or vomiting

  • Convulsions

  • Seizures

  • Eye pupil dilation in one or both eyes

  • Ear or nose fluid

  • An inability to arise from sleep

  • Finger and toe numbness

  • Difficulty with coordination

 

Cognitive Or Mental Signs

  • Deep confusion

  • Speech that is slurred

  • Unusual behavior

  • Falling into a coma


 

TBI Warning Signs In Children: If any of the following signs of TBI are present in your young child, you should seek medical attention immediately. 

 

  • Constant crying

  • Inability to pay attention

  • Depression

  • Irritability

  • Change in eating or nursing habits

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Loss of interest in playing


 

WHAT TEAGUE LAW WILL DO AS MY TBI ATTORNEY

 

Prove the liability of the individual or company responsible for causing the TBI.

 

Determine if the at-fault party has insurance that will cover your TBI treatment and damages.

 

Ensure you receive treatment for your TBI.

 

Determine the full extent of your TBI.

 

Prepare evidence and reports to use in your TBI case.

 

Discuss your damages from the TBI – medical expenses, travel expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and future expenses as well as life care plan.

 

Serve the proper insurance company with demand and negotiate a settlement for your TBI damages.

 

File a lawsuit within the statute of limitation to ensure you do not lose your claim due to time limits, conduct discovery, and represent you at trial for your TBI if necessary.


 

CONTACT OUR ELLIJAY TBI INJURY ATTORNEYS TODAY

 

If you or a loved one have suffered from a Traumatic Brain Injury, contact one of Teague Law’s Ellijay TBI Attorneys, and let us start fighting for you today.

 

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