What Does It Mean to Suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
Brain injuries are one of the most common forms of injuries sustained in accidents. A brain injury can range in severity from a mild concussion to traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even a mild TBI can require long, costly medical care. For victims who survive a TBI, they often are left with permanent, life-changing conditions that substantially alter their ability to return to their normal routines and lifestyle.
When a TBI is caused as the result of another person’s negligent, reckless, or careless acts or behavior, that person should be held accountable by providing full compensation to the accident victim. If you have been injured in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, slip and fall accident, or other types of personal injuries such as a defective product or medical malpractice, you have the legal right to file a civil lawsuit if the at-fault party refuses to compensate you for your damages. The TBI attorneys of The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. want to help you receive compensation for your financial and non-financial losses due to a traumatic brain injury.
What is the Definition of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
According to the Mayo Clinic, a traumatic brain injury “usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. An object penetrating the skull, such as a bullet or shattered piece of skull, also can cause traumatic brain injury.” TBIs result in a variety of ways including vehicle crashes, sports injuries, workplace accidents, slips and falls, boating accidents, violence, bicycle crashes, and medical malpractice. Any situation that poses a risk of the skull be struck, jolted, or penetrated can cause a brain injury.
When an object strikes the head or the head is jolted, the brain slams against the skull causing bleeding, torn tissue and bruising. Damage can be widespread as the brain literally “bounces” around in the skull slamming into the skull in multiple places. The result can be damage to several brain functions. A penetrating brain injury occurs when an object enters the brain by puncturing the skull. The damage from a penetrating brain injury tends to be localized to the area of the brain where the object penetrated the brain tissue. Regardless of the type of brain injury, the results can be devastating for the victim and his or her family.
The mildest form of a traumatic brain injury is a concussion; however, even a mild TBI can have symptoms that last weeks or even months. A severe traumatic brain injury can result in a coma, cognitive impairments, and other permanent brain damage. The most severe cases of TBI result in death. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include but are not limited to:
- Loss of consciousness
- Vomiting and/or nausea
- Disorientation and/or confusion
- Problems sleeping or sleeping too much
- Excessive fatigue
- Blurred vision
- Changes in mood or personality
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
What To Expect After Sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury
The impact of a TBI will depend on the severity of the damage to the brain and the location of the damage. If the TBI results in a coma or loss of various bodily functions, the patient may need constant medical and/or personal care. The patient may require physical therapy and rehabilitation. In some cases, victims of traumatic brain injury are unable to return to work; therefore, a TBI can have a profound effect physically, emotionally, and financially for the victim and the victim’s family.
Getting Help From a Boca Raton Brain Injury Attorney
Our brain injury lawyers at The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. have the experience, knowledge, and skill you need to protect your right to receive compensation for the damages caused by another person’s negligent acts. Contact our office today to schedule your free consultation.