Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Unfortunately, brain injuries are more common than most people realize.  Over 1.5 million people sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) every year.  The result of a traumatic injury to the brain can be both long-lasting and permanent.  Although the causes and outcomes vary, individuals suffering from a head injury find that their lives and the lives of their loved ones have changed forever.  Head injury survivors struggle with physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychological problems that can be disabling and costly to treat.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is any damage to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain.   TBIs range from “mild” (i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness) or “severe” (i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss after the injury).[1]  Disruption of brain function is manifested by an alteration in mental state at the time of the accident, such as feeling dazed, disoriented, or confused.[2]

Common Causes

According to the CDC, the leading cause of a TBI is a fall.  Being struck by or against an object is the second leading cause of TBI.  The third leading cause of TBI-related emergency room visits are from motor vehicle crashes.

It is important to note that not all TBIs are caused by being struck in the head or rendered unconscious.  Brain injury can also occur when the brain is forcibly jarred in or more directions during impact or sudden deceleration (i.e., whiplash).  When this happens, the soft tissue of the brain is damaged when it hits the inside of the skull.  This kind of injury, referred to as a mild TBI, does not always result in loss of consciousness.   Common causes of TBIs include:

  • Slip and falls
  • Assaults
  • Auto accidents
  • Trucking accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Motorcycle/bicycle accidents
  • Sports and recreational activities
  • Work/construction site accidents
  • Acceleration or deceleration trauma

Symptoms of mild TBIs

Physical symptoms of mild TBIs include: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, blurred vision, and fatigue.  Mild TBIs can also cause cognitive deficits, such as problems with attention, concentration, perception, memory, speech and language, as well as behavioral changes, such as irritability, exaggerated changes in mood, and impulsivity.

Have you or a loved one suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury?

If you or a loved one have suffered a TBI, we understand the complexities of your situation and the mental, emotional, and physical strain it can cause.  The experienced attorneys at Levine Law Group can help you navigate the difficult challenges often faced by brain injury victims, including getting the compensation you deserve as well as long-term care and rehabilitation.  Please call our offices today for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your potential case.

 

[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

[2] American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.