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What is a traumatic brain injury?

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Oct 24, 2011 5:32:00 PM

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is most often caused by a sudden impact that can change your life in an instant. A traumatic brain injury can effect everything from your ability to get out of bed in the morning to your personality and how you interact with others. A brain injury is vastly different from a broken leg or a punctured lung. It is an an injury that can potentially limit every element of your life. If you or someone you know has developed a traumatic brain injury, it is important to understand what it means and whether or not you have a personal injury case.

Unfortunately, brain injuries do not heal like other injuries. Recovery may be a functional recovery which means it is based on mechanisms and can remain uncertain. No two brain injuries are alike – consequences may be very different and healing process may be as well. Additionally, symptoms may appear right away or weeks after the injury. What is scarier is that the one who received the traumatic brain injury may not even realize that a brain injury has occurred.

Initial symptoms of a traumatic brain injury could include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Memory Loss
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Coma

Types of Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injures are divided into two categories: open head injury and closed head injury. Open head injuries occur when skull has been fractured or the membranes surrounding the brain have been distorted. These types of injuries are serious and may require surgery to extract pieces of the fractured skull and implant synthetic fragments.

Closed head injuries do not break the skill and are typically less severe. These types of injuries are often caused by blows to the head. Both of these types of injuries may cause mild to severe brain damage.

Do You Have a Personal Injury Case?

It’s tough to understand the intricacies and detail of personal injury law. If you or someone you know has suffered a traumatic brain injury, it’s time to contact the legal team at Bagen Law & Associates. We’ll listen to your story and provide you with honest feedback regarding your personal injury case.

Topics: Traumatic Brain Injury