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A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can be devastating to the person who sustains it and the family watching it unfold. For this reason, most will hire an attorney experienced at handling brain injuries caused from accidents. Often, people mistakenly believe that symptoms of a brain injury only last 3-6 months. However, studies show that symptoms can be persistent and present even a year later. Often, symptoms may decrease over time, but for some, those symptoms remain and require therapy to teach the individual how to manage life this way. An attorney experienced in representing those with head injuries can make sure you are getting the correct medical treatment. 

A head injury is not like a broken bone or deformity that can be viewed with the eye. Instead, it happens within the skull. It often goes unnoticed by the person who actually has the injury. Family members and friends will start to notice symptoms and wonder what is going on. Car accidents are the most common cause of Traumatic Brain Injuries. Statistically, every 23 seconds, one person in the United States sustains a brain injury. There are approximately 5.3 million Americans with brain injuries caused by various events. If you have suffered from a traumatic brain injury due to an accident, the TBI attorney at Bruce Law, LLC can help you today.

Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries:

  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: there may be a brief loss of consciousness; the person may not lose consciousness, but may be dazed and confused; brain scans may appear normal; change in mental status at time of injury; concussion.
  • Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury: loss of consciousness lasts from a few minutes to a few hours; confusions that lasts days to weeks; physical, behavior or cognitive impairments last for months or can even be permanent.
  • Severe Brain Injury: typically an open head injury where skull has been crushed or seriously fractured; prolonged hospitalization and extensive rehab; no return to pre-injury status; severe brain injury; change in thinking, language, emotions, sensation feeling; epilepsy.

Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry vision
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Loss of balance
  • Mood changes
  • Poor concentration
  • Concussion
  • Can’t remember events in life
  • Disorientation
  • Can’t remember new information
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Comprehension difficulties
  • Speech problems
  • Impulse control
  • Problem-solving abilities
  • Ringing in ears
  • Sensitive to light
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

How The Brain Is Impacted During An AccidentAfter the brain thrushes into your skull, it bounces back, causing it to hit the opposite side of your skull. This bouncing impact inside your skull causes injury to the brain. Axons, which are fibers that connect the neurons in our brain, can snap during this bouncing around. Sometimes, those snapped axons regrow. At other times, those axons die and kill the neuron. Additionally, damage is caused to the blood vessels in between the skull and brain, which can cause the blood vessels to leak. If the protective brain membrane tears, fluid can seep into the brain and kill important cells. Often times, after a traumatic hit to the head, the brain will swell from the bouncing around, which puts more pressure on the brain and can actually push brain tissue into the spine. 

The frontal lobes make up the largest portion of the brain and for that reason, they are the most commonly impacted area of the brain. This area is in charge of attention, problem solving and impulse control. Frontal lobe damage can lead to increased irritability and limited self-control along with the other symptoms mentioned above.

Recovering From A Brain Injury

When it comes to recovering from a brain injury, there is no one answer. Recovery varies depending on each individual person. Even if the injured person were to get every and any treatment opportunity available, there is still no guarantee it would bring them back to 100% as prior to the accident. Even with medical advancements, the brain continues to be a mysterious organ. Hope and the will to want to improve keeps patients motivated and energized to improve. But with anything in life, improvement takes time.

Types Of Treatment Available

  • Cognitive therapy
  • One on one therapy sessions
  • Therapy for loved ones on how to cope and deal with the injured party
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Vocational counselor
  • Surgery to repair skull fracture, remove blood clot, relieve pressure inside skull
  • Medication

How Often Do Head Injuries Happen?

Statistically, there are about 2.5 million emergency room visits each year in the United States as a result of traumatic brain injuries. There are many causes of head trauma. The most common are:

  • assault
  • falls
  • motor vehicle accident
  • being struck by an object​

Can A Brain Injury Attorney From Bruce Law, LLC Help Me?

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured as a result of someone else’s fault, you do not have to pay to see a lawyer. Bruce Law, LLC, offers free initial consultations where you can discuss your case with an experienced trial lawyer at no cost. Call Bruce Law, LLC at (609) 392-7600 for a FREE consultation.