traumatic brain injury (TBI) involves damage to the most complex system in the body, it can have
severe, life-altering consequences for a victim.
Below, our Austin personal injury attorneys discuss the common symptoms,
causes, and long-term effects of TBIs.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A TBI occurs after a blow or jolt to the head. In many accidents—such
as car accidents, sports accidents, slip and fall accidents, and more—the
head experiences sudden acceleration or deceleration while the brain remains in place.
When the brain ultimately does catch up to this sudden movement, it may
bounce against the inside of the skull, resulting in an injury.
Depending on the severity of the accident and injury, a TBI may be classified
as mild, moderate, or severe.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
A mild TBI involves a loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few
minutes. In addition to this, mild TBI victims may experience the following:
Nausea or vomiting
Fatigue or drowsiness
Problems with speech
Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries
Moderate to severe TBIs are more serious. They often involve a loss of
consciousness for several minutes to hours. In addition to this, moderate
and severe TBI victims may experience the following:
Persistent headache that gets worse
Repeated nausea or vomiting
Convulsions or seizures
Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
Inability to awaken from sleep
Loss of coordination
Common Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
In addition to the various classifications of TBIs, there are also several
different types of this injury, including the following:
Coup-contrecoup: This type of TBI occurs when an outside force is so strong that it causes
bruising to both sides of the brain.
Contusion: This type of TBI results in bruising or bleeding on the brain that may
Diffuse axonal: This type of TBI happens when large nerve fibers are sheared in many areas
throughout the brain.
Penetrative: This type of TBI occurs when a foreign object breaks through the skull
and pierces the brain.
What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries?
TBIs can happen in any accident that involves blunt force trauma to the
head. Some of the most common causes of TBIs include the following:
Slip and fall accidents
Violence or assaults
The Consequences of a Traumatic Brain Injury
It’s rare for a TBI to ever completely resolve. Unfortunately, many
victims experience disturbing symptoms for the remainder of their lives.
While mild TBI victims often face a better prognosis than severe TBI victims,
this outcome cannot always be predicted accurately.
There is still much that medical practitioners do not understand about
TBIs. Often, experienced doctors and nurses cannot even detect TBIs on
modern imaging equipment. This is why TBIs are known as the “invisible
injury,” and explains why so many victims received delayed diagnoses.
Delayed diagnoses are one of the main reasons that TBIs linger much longer
than they should. As such, mild, moderate, and severe TBI victims alike
may experience debilitating symptoms for decades.
Some of the most serious long-term consequences of a TBI include the following:
Inability to return to work
Inability to live independently
Expensive medical treatment and rehabilitation
Difficulty with interpersonal relationships
Can You Prevent a Traumatic Brain Injury?
If there is one truth about life, it’s that we do not know what will
happen to us this day or the next.
As such, it’s not always possible to prevent a traumatic accident
and injury. There are, however, certain measures you can take to reduce
your chances of being involved in such an incident, including the following:
When driving, always wear your seatbelt and travel at the posted speed limit.
Wear proper safety equipment when riding a bike, playing sports, or participating
in another physical activity.
Watch where you step, both indoors and outdoors, and avoid uneven flooring
or unsecured rugs.
Recovering Damages for a Traumatic Brain Injury
There are nearly no limits to the pain and suffering that a TBI victim
may experience throughout their lives.
As such, they should be able to recover compensation from whichever party
caused their accident and subsequent injury.
At The Stewart Law Firm, we can help you recover the following damages
for a TBI:
Injured in an Accident? Contact Us Today
If you received a TBI in an accident caused by someone else, our Austin
personal injury attorneys are here to help. While we know that nothing
can undo an accident that never should have happened, we hope that helping
you seek justice against the negligent party will help you move forward
from this tragedy.
Contact The Stewart Law Firm today at (512) 271-5112 to schedule a free
consultation with our team.