What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The National Institutes of Health define a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as “a form of acquired brain injury and occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain.” If the head suddenly and violently hits an object, a TBI can occur. TBIs can also happen if an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Here are some of the common reasons why someone may sustain a TBI.
How Do TBIs Happen?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cite the following as the most common reasons for a TBI:
- Falls (almost half of all TBI-related hospitalizations are from falls).
- Firearm-related suicide (the most common cause of TBI-deaths in the U.S.).
- Motor vehicle crashes (including collisions involving cars, motorcycles, pedestrians, and bicyclists).
What Are The Types of TBIs?
Traumatic brain injuries are categorized as the following:
Often referred to as a concussion, and symptoms may include:
- Speech issues
Moderate to Severe TBI
Moderate to severe brain injuries may have the same symptoms of a mild TBI but can also cause:
- Loss of consciousness
- Persistent headaches
- Inability to wake from sleep
- Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
- Inability to awaken from sleep
No matter how serious the TBI, it can lead to long-term complications such as cognitive issues, sensory problems, behavioral changes, mood swings, and more. After sustaining a head injury, it’s critical to seek medical care as soon as possible. Some TBI symptoms may not show up for hours or days later. When left untreated, it can lead to more complications.
Injured in a Motor Vehicle Crash? Learn Your Rights
Injuries from a motor vehicle accident can be catastrophic. The recovery process can be long and painful, from traumatic brain injuries to spinal cord injuries and burns. When a negligent driver causes the accident, we are here to be your advocate holding them responsible. When facing medical care costs, it can be financially devastating for you and your family. You have the right to pursue compensation.
Contact Peterson & Associates, P.C. today at 816-888-8888 to speak with an attorney about your potential case.