Not All Head Injuries Are The Same: Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury
March 1 marks the beginning of Brain Injury Awareness Month. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a leading cause of death and permanent disability throughout the U.S. The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that TBI contributed to the deaths of 56,800 Americans in 2014 alone.
Head trauma can result from car accidents, sports-related injuries, violent assaults, slip and fall accidents, and more. Recovery from traumatic brain injury can be an uphill battle, with ongoing symptoms that may be difficult to treat. In the aftermath of brain injuries, some victims may suffer from debilitating health problems and be unable to work or fully care for themselves. Others may require round-the-clock intensive care or ultimately succumb to their injuries.
A head or brain injury that is even partially due to the negligence of another party can provide solid legal footing for a personal injury lawsuit. Damages obtained through a brain injury lawsuit can help you pay medical bills, make up for lost wages, and compensate you or loved ones for pain and suffering. They can even help with funeral expenses.
What Are Traumatic Brain Injuries?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when you experience a significant blow or jolt to the head. TBIs can damage nerve cells and cause bleeding or swelling in the brain. Most types of brain trauma are closed head injuries, in which the skull and dura mater remain intact. An open head injury, on the other hand, occurs when the dura mater is penetrated by objects such as bullets, knives, or bone fragments from a fractured skull. Here are some of the most common types of TBI.
According to a poll published by NPR, one in four Americans report having experienced a concussion in their lifetime. Concussions usually occur when you hit your head, causing your brain to strike the walls of your skull. They are commonly experienced in car accidents.
Concussions can range from mild (in which the person experiences only temporary mild discomfort) to severe (which can have ongoing effects, including post-concussion syndrome). Recovery from traumatic brain injury such as a concussion can be complicated if multiple concussions have been sustained over time.
Intracranial hematomas often occur when a head injury causes blood vessels to burst. When the blood begins to clot, it can cause pressure inside the skull, leading to loss of consciousness and potential permanent brain damage.
A brain hemorrhage refers to uncontrolled bleeding inside the brain. Hemorrhages can be extremely dangerous, as they can put significant amounts of pressure on the brain. Hemorrhages can be caused by trauma, but they can also be caused by elevated blood pressure and certain medications.
Cerebral edema refers to swelling in the brain caused by a traumatic brain injury. Swelling is incredibly dangerous because the skull is unable to expand to accommodate the swelling brain. As a result, the brain may press against the skull and oxygen may be unable to reach it. Ultimately, this can cause brain damage or death.
Severe head injuries can cause the bones of the skull to break. Once the skull has been fractured, the brain is much more susceptible to additional brain injuries like the ones described above.
Diffuse Axonal Injury
Diffuse axonal injuries are one of the most common and most damaging traumatic brain injuries. It occurs when the brain rapidly accelerates and decelerates, repeatedly hitting the inside of the skull. In this process, the axons of the brain can be sheared off. Many parts of the brain are often affected, leading to coma, persistent vegetative state, or death.
How Are Traumatic Brain Injuries Treated?
Full recovery from traumatic brain injury requires prompt evaluation and treatment by a medical professional. If you feel confused, suffer from seizures, blurred vision, headaches, stiff neck, slurred speech, or drowsiness following any kind of blow to the head, see a doctor immediately.
How brain injuries are treated depends on their severity and other injuries you may have sustained. They can often be diagnosed using a CT or MRI scan. Treatment may include medication to prevent seizures and reduce intracranial pressure, neurosurgery to stop hemorrhaging, and long-term rehabilitation for speech and mobility.
Compensation Can Aid Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury
If you or your loved one’s traumatic brain injury was a result of another person’s negligence, compensation may be available to you. Recovery from traumatic brain injury can be a long, frustrating process, but not having to worry about medical bills or missed time at work can allow you to focus your energy on recuperating or providing your loved one with ongoing care.
Call Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys to schedule your free no obligation consultation. A skilled brain injury attorney will carefully review the details of your case to maximize your potential compensation. You can also chat with a live representative now, or submit the details of your case using our secure contact form.
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