The human brain is the most intricate of all human organs. Only 10% of its function and capabilities are understood and it is believed that it achieves only 10% of its true functionality at any one time. And yet despite its biological superiority, it remains one of the most sensitive and vulnerable parts of the human body.
People who experience a Brain Injury may not show signs or symptoms immediately, so they and others may conclude that they were not injured. It is therefore crucial for injured people and their loved ones to know what to look for when there has been an injury involving the head.
Traumatic Brain Injury Types:
Closed Brain Injury: This happens when the head is slams or smashes against another object such as a wind shshield The brain may twist or tear tissues inside the skull, where there is no visible outside obvious brain injury.
Open Brain Injury: This happens when there is a foreign object which penetrates the skull and damages the brain. It could be a shard of glass, a piece of metal, or any other object which an project through the skull.
Acquired Brain Injury: This has to do with a congenital condition or a disease which matures while the adult grows.
Symptoms of TBI
The injured person may complain of a neck pain or headaches that is persistent and is not going away. Family members may notice they have
Family members may notice they have difficulty of paying attention or making critical decisions, and the injured person reports that it is hard for them to concentrate.
This may be displayed by slow thinking, talking, acting, or getting lost and easily confused. Rapid mood shifts are also common.
Physically, the injured person may feel constantly tired due to a change in sleep patterns, have elevated sensitivity to lights and sounds, or report a loss of balance, increased nausea, blurred vision, a loss of smell or the sense of taste and ringing in their ears.
Medical experts recommend that these symptoms be reported to the injured person’s physician.
TBI Statistics from the CDC
Research which been compiled by the CDC on the causes, frequency and effects of TBI have reported the following:
Brain injuries are most often the result of car accidents, physical violence or accidental falls.
One person sustains a brain injury approximately every 21 seconds.
If the TBI suffered was mild or moderate, the majority of injured people can expect to recover fully. However, they still suffer from disruptive effects throughout the course of the recovery period.
Approximately two percent of the population in the US currently lives with disabilities that were sustained from a TBI. This percentage equates to 5.3 million people.
Roughly one million individuals are treated for TBI in hospital emergency rooms every year.
Forms of Treatment for Brain Injuries
You should immediately seek prompt medical attention if you show any signs of mild to severe TBI. There isn’t much that can be done to overturn the damage, and most hospitals will do everything possible to keep the injury from progressing. Imaging tests are detrimental in diagnosing the patient since the primary concern is to make sure sufficient oxygen is being supplied to the brain. In a mild case, x-rays are helpful in determining if there are any fractures or spinal problems. A CT scan is necessary for treating patients suffering from severe cases of TBI. Rehabilitation, speech therapy, and occupational therapy are other treatment programs to aid those suffering from severe TBI.
What is the Outcome of Severe Head Trauma?
Over half of the patient’s suffering from severe head trauma will require surgery to deal with the ruptured vessels or swollen brain tissue. Impairments from the TBI depend on where the injury has occurred, the age of the person, the condition, and overall health, and the level of damage. Other disabilities include cognitive problems, loss of a person’s sensory abilities, behavioral issues and lack of communication. Severe injuries could result in an individual in a vegetative state for long periods of time.
Recovery Period from a Brain Injury
Recovery from a TBI-related injury depends on the person and the type of brain injury that they’ve sustained. It can take as little as one month and up to several years after the trauma has taken place. The shorter the amount of time a patient was in a coma, the better the outcome. The same can be said for the patient’s experience with amnesia. People over 59 and under the age of two can have the worst recovery prediction because of their age.
Do I have a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one were injured due to the negligence of person or a company, then you may be legally entitled to receive financial compensation thru a brain injury lawsuit. Our attorneys are brain injury experts and have many years litigating in front of juries for cases which involve traumatic brain injury. Call us today for a free consultation to see if you may have a traumatic brain injury lawsuit.