Thousands of individuals every year are victims of head trauma that result in a traumatic brain injury, also called TBI. This type of injury occurs when the brain is driven into the side of the skull by a sudden blow, by a shaking force, or whiplash. The impact can cause bruising and swelling of the brain, and, in some cases, the effect will be sufficient enough to tear blood vessels in the brain, causing intracranial bleeding. If you or someone you love has suffered severe head trauma, contact Williams DeLoatche, P.C. immediately after seeking medical attention.
There are several different types of brain injuries. If the trauma results in damage to the skull itself, such as a crack or break, the trauma is considered a penetrating head injury. More difficult to diagnose are closed head injuries, where the skull is not obviously damaged but the brain is still injured. This can occur from a blow or impact from severe back-and-forth shaking, such as whiplash. Babies and small children can suffer such injuries from being shaken, known as shaken baby syndrome. Contact a personal injury lawyer at Williams DeLoatche today for a free and confidential evaluation of your case.
A medical professional should evaluate anyone who has sustained a blow to the head or whiplash-like injuries to determine if the victim has experienced a TBI. Even if symptoms are so slight the victim does not realize that a serious injury has occurred, treatment should be sought before further injury can develop. Often the symptoms may be delayed for many hours until swelling in the brain reaches a point that it affects the victim. Some signs and symptoms to look for include:
Mental Cognitive Symptoms
Intermittent disorientation, amnesia, short-term memory loss, poor judgment, and poor concentration.
Depression, agitation, irritability, apathy, confrontational attitude, explosive temper, fearfulness, impatience, personality changes in general, sleep (early morning awakening), and appetite disturbance.
TBIs can cause serious, life-threatening events and can result in permanent, irreversible damage to the brain. With severe brain injuries, the impairments are evident and profound. They can result in paralysis, weakness, or abnormalities, including loss of sensation, coordination, or intellectual capacity. The more complex, often overlooked cases are those where neurological and mental changes are subtle. These may happen due to what appears to be a minor accident in which the brain is jarred. Symptoms called “soft signs” begin to appear afterward, sometimes after extended periods of time. In either case, a TBI can profoundly affect the quality of life, including the inability to work, inability to interact with friends and family, and loss of body function.
The injury lawyers of Williams DeLoatche know the letter of the law and will help you receive compensation for your TBI.
For more information or support, please visit the Brain Injury Association of America. www.biausa.org.