Traumatic Brain Injury – Helpful Facts From Las Vegas Brain Injury LawyersFiled under Personal Injury
In the 4th Century B.C., Hippocrates, the ancient Greek father of medicine stated “no head injury is too severe to despair of, nor too trivial to ignore.” He was certainly right about the last part. No head injury is too trivial to ignore.
Modern life brings with it numerous perils and risks to the most sensitive part of our bodies – the brain. Whether you’ve been rear-ended in a car accident, fell in a public area because of a dangerous and poorly maintained surface or been the victim of a vicious assault, there are numerous ways you can injure your brain without fully recognizing it. The purpose of this blog entry is to provide some basic facts about “traumatic brain injury,” also commonly referred to as “TBI.”
What is TBI?
TBI is a nondegenerative, noncongenital condition arising from a trauma affecting the brain. In other words, you’re not born with TBI nor does it occur as a result of old age. Instead, TBI arises from an external mechanical force like a blow or jolt to the head causing the brain to collide with the inside of the skull. Penetration of an object into the brain region can also cause TBI.
Among the most common causes of TBI are car accidents, slip and falls, assaults by other persons, certain contact sports and work injuries. Because of the sensitivity of the brain and its importance to every aspect of our lives, TBI is a condition that demands serious attention.
What Are The Symptoms?
There is a very wide spectrum of physical and psychological symptoms arising from TBI. For example, TBI can cause a complete change in personality or moods. On the physical level, symptoms can range from loss of consciousness, memory problems, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, anxiety to profound confusion, slurred speech, seizures and loss of motor skills. On the most extreme end, TBI can result in coma/vegetative state and even death.
Following an accident, many people self-diagnose themselves as feeling fine. This can be a big mistake. TBI symptoms can manifest themselves day or weeks after an accident. For this reason, it is imperative to seek medical treatment following an accident to ensure there are no major brain issues.
How Is TBI Different From A Concussion?
A concussion is in fact a form of brain injury, although what is often referred to as “subtle brain injury.” A concussion, although a mild form of brain injury, should always be taken very seriously because left untreated, it can make you more susceptible to more significant injury.
What Can A Lawyer Do?
If you experience TBI as a result of the negligence of another, you should receive compensation for more than just your physical injuries. Trauma to the brain can cause problems with your job and personal life affecting you in profound ways that exceed any physical pain you might experience. A good lawyer will fight hard to obtain maximum compensation for your injuries, especially where there is TBI. However, in order to do so, the lawyer must be sensitive to the possibilities of TBI and know how to obtain maximum compensation arising from this complex condition.