Traumatic brain injuries are extremely complex and may manifest themselves through a wide variety of symptoms and disabilities.
The effects of Traumatic Brain Injury on the individual can be devastating. Asheville injury attorneys understand how important it is to take any signs or warning symptoms seriously in the aftermath of a traffic accident.
Traumatic Brain Injury is a head injury that often occurs from an acute event. Typically it is immediately apparent that an individual has been hurt. But the full nature of the injury may not be known until days or weeks have passed. This is because every brain is highly unique and may respond to the same injury differently.
Traumatic Brain Injury can take multiple forms. Some injuries can be open head injuries caused by penetration of the skull. Other head injuries can be the result of a slip and fall or car accident, where the skull is not penetrated. These are referred to as closed head injuries.
Another type of brain injury can result from the movement of the brain inside the skull. This type of injury is often referred to as a deceleration injury. Deceleration occurs when the brain moves inside the skull at a different rate than the skull. The brain is slammed back and forth inside the skull and can be stretched or compressed, resulting in injury. Other causes of brain injury include: Chemicals, tumors, lack of oxygen, stroke, and infections.
Deceleration injuries are very dangerous because it can be difficult to know the full extent of the injury. Deceleration can occur during everyday activities or while playing sports. According to research an estimated 300,000 Traumatic Brain Injuries occur in the United States every year. Many of these brain injuries are classified as concussions.
Research also suggests that mild but repeated brain injuries may have a cumulative effect. Particularly when these injuries occur within a short period of time. Brain injury that results from multiple blows to the head over a short period of time is often referred to as “second impact syndrome.” Second impact syndrome occurs when an individual suffers two mild instances of head trauma that have an additive effect. In some cases a fatality could result.
Head injuries can effect individuals in many ways and are either classified as mild or severe. In the case of a mild head injury there may be a short period of confusion or loss of consciousness that lasts less than 30 minutes. Frequently in the case of a mild injury CAT and MRI scans are normal. A mild Traumatic Brain Injury can still effect an individuals concentration, memory, and mood.
In the case of a severe brain injury, an individual usually loses consciousness for more than 30 minutes and memory problems may persist longer than 24 hours after the injury. With both severe and mild brain injuries, the long-term effects can be problematic for a person’s work, family, and social lives.
If you or your child has suffered a head injury, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.