Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries are among the most debilitating and devastating injuries a person can sustain. Depending on their severity, victims may experience symptoms throughout their lifetime. They may be unable to live independently or earn an income. Learn about the causes of and treatments for traumatic brain injury.

What Causes Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injury occurs when a blow or strike to the head causes the brain to slam against the inside of the skull. Traumatic brain injury is a major cause of death and disability in the United States, and in 2014, an average of 155 people in the U.S. died per day from injuries that included a traumatic brain injury.

Any violent jolt can cause a traumatic brain injury, but there are commonalities in the causes of traumatic brain injury among different age groups. Among traumatic brain injury-related deaths in 2014:

  • Falls were the leading cause of death for those 65 and older

  • Intentional self-harm was the leading cause of death for those 45-64

  • Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for those 15-34

Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury

Due to their complex nature, traumatic brain injuries can be difficult to detect. Symptoms are often subtle when the injury initially occurs, which may lead to a delayed diagnosis and worsened prognosis. If you have been involved in an incident where a blow to the head may have occurred, and you are now experiencing the following symptoms, it’s in your best interest to visit a doctor as soon as possible.

Symptoms of traumatic brain injury may be physical or psychological. Common symptoms include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Convulsions or seizures

  • Slurred speech

  • Weakness or numbness in the limbs

  • Persistent headaches

  • Memory and concentration problems

  • Changes in mood or personality

  • Increased sensitivity to light and sounds

It’s important to keep in mind that the symptoms of traumatic brain injury may not present themselves for hours, weeks, or months after an accident. This is why it’s a good idea to visit a doctor even after a minor concussion when few or no symptoms are present, because even mild traumatic brain injuries can worsen if left undiagnosed and untreated.

Types of Traumatic Brain Injury

There are three main classes of traumatic brain injury: mild, moderate, and severe. Each one has different outlooks and treatments. Get the facts on these three types of traumatic brain injury so you know how to protect your health.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Mild traumatic brain injuries tend to resolve themselves within days or weeks. However, it’s still a good idea to visit a doctor if you believe you have received a mild traumatic brain injury because your doctor will let you know for how long you should rest and when you can return to work, school, or other activities.

If you have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, it is very important not to involve yourself in activities where you may acquire another brain injury or concussion, as this may severely worsen your condition and prognosis.

Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Depending on the severity of your moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, your doctor may prescribe surgery or medication for your treatment. If your injury is severe enough, you may have to undergo the following procedures:

  • Removal of a hematoma

  • Repair of a skull fracture

Additionally, the medication you may be prescribed for a moderate to severe brain injury includes:

  • Diuretics

  • Sedatives

  • Pain relievers

  • Anti-seizure medication

  • Coma-inducing medication

Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury

Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or following injury. Due to this remarkable ability of the brain, the outlook for some traumatic brain injury victims is positive.

However, medical practitioners are often hesitant to use the concept of neuroplasticity to predict a particular traumatic brain injury victim’s recovery prognosis. This is because there are many factors involved that may affect recovery, including the following:

  • The severity of the injury

  • The area of the brain that was damaged

  • The victim’s personality and attitude to rehabilitation

  • The amount and quality of rehabilitation

  • The support the victim receives from friends and family

Damages for a Traumatic Brain Injury

If you received your traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover damages from the responsible party. Damages that you may recover include the following:

  • Past and future medical expenses

  • Past and future work wages

  • Damages for pain, suffering, and emotional anguish

At Roman & Gaynor, our Clearwater personal injury attorneys use our 60+ years of collective experience, resources, and personal connections to collect and preserve evidence that establishes another party’s liability and the extent of damages suffered by the victim. We present this evidence clearly and convincingly during cases and focus our efforts toward maximizing the amount of compensation our clients are eligible to recover for their injuries.

If you or someone you love has received a traumatic brain injury due to another person’s negligence, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We make ourselves available 24/7 and we’re there whenever you are in need or have questions. We can also travel to you, wherever that may be, because your health and recovery are of the utmost importance.

We encourage you to contact Roman & Gaynor at (727) 877-1212 to schedule a free case evaluation today.

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