Traumatic Brain Injuries occur when a person’s head hits an object or when an object penetrates the skull and enters the brain.
Brain injuries can be terrifying, and depending on their severity, may require lifelong care. Anyone whose loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury knows how difficult it can be to provide the total care the person needs. There are ongoing doctor’s visits and medical tests, middle of the night care, increased worry, anxiety, and expense. And depending on the level of injury, you may need to modify your home to accommodate your loved one’s needs.
Causes of a Traumatic Brain Injury
There are several types of incidents that can cause a traumatic brain injury, even in the most unexpected of events. For example, last year a 2-year old girl suffered permanent brain damage when she was hit by a foul ball at a Houston Astros baseball game.
Other incidents that can cause a traumatic brain injury include, but are not limited to:
Slip and falls – Anytime someone falls, they run the risk of hitting their head, thereby causing injury to the brain. Common places where falls occur include unmaintained, slippery floors in shopping centers, ice on sidewalks/walkways, uneven pavement, uneven or slippery steps, slick floors in bathrooms or restaurants, etc.
Sports Injuries – Most brain injuries caused from sports result in concussions or fractured skulls.
Car Accidents – In auto accidents, your head may hit a stationary object like the steering wheel or the windshield. Brain injuries can also happen when the force of the accident causes your brain to shift and collide with the hard bone of your skull.
Firearms/Explosives– Brain injuries from firearms most commonly occur from a gunshot wound to the head. There is also some thought that concussion like symptoms or traumatic brain injury can result from repetitive gunshot recoil. The validity of this is unconfirmed, but it is being researched since shooting sports have become so popular in high schools.
Recreational Vehicles – All terrain vehicles (ATVs) and golf carts are susceptible to flipping because of their high center of gravity. When these vehicles flip the occupants often hit their heads because of the lack of protection provided by these vehicles. This blow to the head can cause severe brain injury.
Overhead Objects – Warehouses and other shopping centers sometimes store large, heavy objects high on shelves. A brain injury will likely occur if one of these objects falls and hits someone on the head.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Depending on the extent of damage to the brain, symptoms can be mild to severe, with the lasting effects and prognosis being different for each person.
Symptoms of a TBI include:
Mild – The injured person may remain conscious or experience a temporary loss of consciousness. They may feel dizzy, lightheaded, confused, tired, experience mood changes, or have difficulty concentrating.
Moderate to Severe – The injured person will likely show some of the same symptoms as with a mild TBI, but may also experience some or all of the following symptoms as well: a headache that gets worse or doesn’t go away, nausea and vomiting, dilation of one or both pupils, an inability to wake from sleep, a loss of coordination, confusion, weakness, numbness, slurred speech, convulsions or seizures.
Some factors that determine the outcome of a brain injury include:
- The severity of the injury
- The age and health of the injured person
- Where the injury occurred within the brain: left or right hemisphere or both
Impairments that may or may not be long-term include:
- Memory – loss of short term/long term memory or both
- Communication – unable to express oneself or think of the right words to use
- Cognition – unable to perform simple tasks or reason
- Senses – It may affect our ability to see, hear, touch, taste or smell
- Mobility – May suffer paralysis on one or both sides of the body, or cause different areas to feel numb
- Unresponsive State – such as coma or vegetative state
Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
If you or your loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury you may be able to recover money for medical expenses, loss of income, lifelong care, and pain and suffering.
Gautreaux Law recently obtained an 8-figure settlement in a case involving a traumatic brain injury suffered by a young nurse, and mother of 2 children, who was injured in an auto wreck in Savannah, Georgia. We put together a team of experts, including medical experts, life care planning experts for her future medical needs, and economists. Cases involving brain injury are often so complex as to require a team of such experts in order to handle the case properly.
Gautreaux Law has recovered millions of dollars for brain injury victims. We have the resources and experience to handle such complex cases, and we know what it takes to get you fully and fairly compensated for all your current and future needs. Contact us today for a free consultation. 478-238-9758 or toll free at 888-876-6935.