What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is sudden physical damage to the brain. The head can either forcefully hit an object (closed head injury) or something passing through the skull and piercing the brain (penetrating head injury), like a gunshot wound, can cause the traumatic brain injury. The leading cause of traumatic brain injures are from motor vehicle accidents, followed by falls, sports injuries, violent crimes, and child abuse.

Physical, behavioral, or mental changes are dependent upon which areas of the brain are injured. In most instances, focal brain damage is done, which is damage confined to just a small area of the brain at the point where the head has hit an object. Closed head injuries often causes scattered brain injuries or damage to other areas of the brain. An impact causing the brain to move back and forth against the skull is called diffuse damage. Frontal and temporal lobes, responsible for speech and language, are often the most affected by traumatic brain injuries because they sit in the areas of the skull that allows more room for the brain to shift and sustain injury. Frontal and temporal lobe TBIs affect speech and language, as well as voice, swallowing, walking, balancing, and coordination difficulties and changes in the ability to smell and in memory and cognitive skills.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious injury to the brain that can have devastating, life-changing consequences. Traumatic brain injuries occur when a person experiences sudden trauma to the head.

There is a broad spectrum of symptoms that can occur following a traumatic brain injury, ranging from mild to severe. People that suffer a mild TBI might lose consciousness for a short period of time and might experience headache, light headedness, confusion, lethargy, blurred vision, heaviness in the eyes, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, changes in mood and trouble paying attention.

People that suffer moderate or severe TBI will usually experience the same symptoms as mild TBI, but might also experience additional symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, chronic headache, convulsions or seizures, slurred speech, confusion, excessive weakness, dilation of the pupils and an inability to wake up from sleep.

Traumatic brain injuries are serious injuries that can result in permanent disability and can dramatically change a person’s life forever. Anyone who shows signs or symptoms of TBI should be treated immediately. The damage caused by the initial trauma to the brain cannot be reversed; however, the medical staff will try to stabilize a patient so no additional damage occurs.

Disabilities can include memory loss, problems thinking, difficulty communicating and changes in behavior or mental health. In the most severe cases, patients can experience personality changes that can affect their relationships and quality of life.

How We Can Help
Traumatic brain injury resource was created to help patients and families affected by TBI. We recognize the devastation associated with these injuries and are here to offer support. For information about how you can recover financial compensation to pay for medical bills, long-term treatments and to ease the stress of the situation while you learn to adapt to the new challenges you face, please contact us today.

Sports Related Brain Injuries Sky Rocket in Last Decade, Says CDC

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says brain injuries among young athletes have escalated 60 percent during the last 10 years. Between 2001 and 2009, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have gone from 153,375 to 248,418 in the U.S.

The reason is that more young people are being seen by doctors when they are injured, scientists suggest.

“There’s more awareness these days that it [TBI] can be a significant injury and there are many more concussions now because kids are getting involved with contact sports at an earlier age.”

The main sports involved have been bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball and soccer. The CDC reported that hospital emergency room visits were made by males 71 percent of the time.

The Assembly Education Committee recently heard witnesses testify that a bill should be passed to require young athletes who may have TBI to be immediately removed from the game or activity.

The bill would require these youngsters to be evaluated by specialists in traumatic brain injury before being able to return to the field. Written permission to return from the doctor would be required. The bill would apply to anyone between the ages of 11 and 19 participating in an organized sport.

Scientists have uncovered the fact that young athletes with TBI take longer to recover compared to adults. Young athletes also have a greater risk for more serious long-term effects from such injuries.

If your child has suffered a serious TBI, we may be able to help you seek financial compensation. Contact a traumatic brain injury lawyer today.