Brain Injury Attorney
A brain Injury can be a difficult condition which affects a person’s quality of life. It can affect who we are, what we do, and how we feel. Brain injuries affect everyone differently and vary from person to person and depend on various factors such as cause, location, and severity.
Traumatic and Non-traumatic Injuries
Brain injuries typically fall into two categories: Traumatic and non-traumatic. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an alteration in brain function caused by an external force. Causes of traumatic brain injury include:
- Motor vehicle Accidents
- Sports/Recreation Injuries
- Workplace Injuries
A non-traumatic brain injury is an alteration in brain function or pathology caused by an internal force. Causes of non-traumatic brain injury include:
- Electric Shock
- Toxic Exposure
A Few Commonly Used Brain Injury Terms
In addition to the traumatic and non-traumatic categories, Brain injuries are often labeled under mild, moderate, or severe umbrella categories to indicate the severity of the injury. The most traumatic terms are described as follows:
Diffuse Axonal Injury
A diffuse axonal injury can be caused by shaking or strong rotation of the head. This type of brain injury is common with car accidents. Injury occurs because the unmoving brain lags behind the movement of the skull causing brain structures to tear. A person with a diffuse axonal injury could present a variety of functional impairments depending on where the tears occurred in the brain.
Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)
A concussion is the most common type of traumatic brain injury. A concussion can be caused by direct blows to the head. This includes gunshot wounds, violent shaking of the head, or force from whiplash from a slip and fall. A person may or may not experience a brief loss of consciousness. They may remain conscious but feel dazed.
A contusion is a bruise or bleeding, on the brain caused by a force to the head. It can result from a direct impact to the head like falling shrapnel on the head of a construction worker from a construction site. Large contusions may need to be surgically removed.
What Happens After A Brain Injury?
After suffering a brain injury two things occur:
- Brain tissue reacts to the trauma with various biochemical and other physiological responses. Substances once housed safely within the cells flood the brain and damage the brain further.
- Depending on the severity, effects may include temporary loss of consciousness or coma, breathing problems, and/or damaged motor functions.
Unfortunately, waking up after a loss of consciousness is not immediate and can very difficult for the individual and their loved ones. Once waking up does occur however, loved ones should be aware of the following symptoms.
Another issue of note is post-traumatic amnesia, or PTA, after waking up. PTA refers to a period where an individual feels a sense of confusion, disorientation, and an inability to remember recent events. As time passes, these responses will subside, and the brain and body will achieve a state of stability. However, this doesn’t mean someone who has suffered a brain injury should leave it unchecked.
Injury Severity Symptoms
Leaving a brain injury unchecked can be very dangerous depending on the severity of the injury. Brain injuries tend to be mild, moderate, or severe. Symptoms of each vary and different treatments are dependent on the severity.
Mild Brain Injury Symptoms
- Brief loss of consciousness
- Vomiting and Dizziness
- Memory Loss
Moderate Brain Injury Symptoms
- Unconsciousness up to 24 hours
- Signs of brain trauma
- Contusions or bleeding
- Signs of injury on neuroimaging
Severe Brain Injury Symptoms
- Unconsciousness exceeding 24 hours (coma)
- No sleep/wake cycle during loss of consciousness (LOC)
- Signs of injury appear on neuroimaging tests
What To Do After Being Diagnosed With a Brain Injury
Brain injury treatment can require a lot of therapy which can be a financial nightmare for many. If you have been diagnosed with a brain injury after sustaining a work injury, contact Rad Law Firm. For 26 years Rad Law Firm has served the Texas community tailoring our services to the needs of our clients. We will work quickly to investigate your claim. Contact us now for a free consultation.
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If you have lost a loved one due to negligence, distraction, or recklessness of another person, call an attorney from Rad Law Firm today. We know how difficult these types of situations can be and are committed to aggressively advocating for your rights. Brain Injury lawsuits can be complex and emotionally challenging, which is where we come in. To set up a free consultation or learn more about our legal services, please contact our law firm today.
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