A serious brain injury is traumatic and can be life changing. It’s not just the victim who suffers; it is a scary and frightening time for both the victim and the families and loved ones who are involved. Often, just the process of diagnosing a Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, is long and arduous. The diagnoses of a brain injury is a sometimes involved and difficult maze of working through a confusing medical process. Sometimes, there is just a seemingly simple accident, something which occurs everyday such as a car accident or slipping and falling on a poorly lit stairway which can lead to a traumatic brain injury. No matter the cause, maybe from an auto accident, a bad fall or a sports related injury accident which has caused some form of brain trauma you may not initially be aware that an injury has actually occurred. Things may appear to be quite normal initially , but then some things begin to seem out of the bounds of normal behavior or reactions. Your family and loved ones, or maybe even the victim, may begin to notice some odd behavior. Things like fatigue, irritability and some confusion and disorientation may begin to be noticed.
Often the cause of such behavior is from the swelling of the brain, and should be able to be diagnosed easily, but is often overlooked. An intracranial injury is not always obvious from the start. In the case of a closed head injury, diagnoses would more than likely involve a CAt Scan and/or an MRI. Severity of a TBI can range from mild, as in a slight concussion, but it can also include damage to areas outside of the brain, such as the scalp and skull. More easily diagnosed is if the brain injury is open, or has an obvious injury as soon after the initial incident as possible.
Traumatic Brain Injury is a major cause of death and severe disability, particularly in children and young adults. Brain trauma can occur as a result of an impact to the head. Impact may be something caused by sudden acceleration or deceleration within the cranium, such as being severely jarred in an auto accident, or by a fall and hitting the head. Brain trauma can also be caused by a secondary injury, which can result from an alteration in the cerebral blood flow and increasing pressure within the skull. A TBI may result in years of effects: physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral. The outcomes range from anything from a complete recovery to permanent disability or, unfortunately, death.
If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury that was caused in part by someone’s negligence, you need representation by an experienced attorney like Jeff Dawson. With his many years of experience, the law office of Jeffrey S. Dawson will be important in helping you to find your way through the complex and challenging situation of learning to cope with a serious brain injury. Call today for a free initial consultation to discuss your brain injury lawsuit.