What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The traumatic brain injury definition states that a TBI is non-degenerative, non-congenital injury to the brain caused by an external force, which disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. A TBI can temporarily or permanently affect your physical, psychological, social, and cognitive functioning. The more serious a TBI, the more likely you will suffer from permanent limitations and changes.
We Handle All Types of Brain Injuries
At Begum Law Group, our brain injury attorneys have handled claims involving all types of brain and head trauma. We are highly versed in the medical terminology surrounding these serious injuries and what it takes to highlight the significance of your injury. Call us right away if you or a loved one suffered:
- Open Head Injury: A head injury involving skull fractures.
- Closed Head Injury: A head injury that does not involve breaking the skull.
- Hemorrhage: Uncontrolled bleeding.
- Hematoma: One or more blood clots outside of blood vessels.
- Diffuse Axonal Injury: An injury involving damage to the brain cells without bleeding.
- Anoxic Brain Injury: An injury to the brain when it does not receive oxygen for too long.
- Hypoxic Brain Injury: An injury to the brain when it receives too little oxygen.
- Concussion: A mild traumatic brain injury from an impact that causes the brain to collide with the skull.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Moderate-to-severe TBIs can be caused by an extreme force exerted on the body or through a penetrating injury to the skull.
If you or a loved one is currently suffering or recovering from one of these brain injuries, do not hesitate to call us for help. We will handle the insurance claim and legal processes on your behalf.
Causes of Head Injuries
The differing types of head injuries are caused by unique factors, though they can arise in similar accidents. At Begum Law Group, we have experience with head injuries caused in all variety of negligence-related incidents.
Certain brain injuries are caused by a reduction in oxygen or total lack of oxygen. This can arise in a wide range of circumstances, including electric shock, drowning, carbon monoxide poisoning, choking, and suffocation. These specific circumstances can arise in several accidents, like vehicle crashes, boating accidents, plane accidents, workplace accidents, medical malpractice, and due to dangerous conditions on premises. If you or your loved one suffered a brain injury due to a lack of oxygen, and you believe it was someone else’s fault, call a head injury lawyer immediately.
Other brain injuries are the result of blows to the head or body. When a significant force is exerted against the head, the skull and brain can suffer catastrophic harm. At Begum Law Group, we have handled brain injury claims arising from all types of vehicle collisions, maritime accidents, workplace and construction accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect or abuse, and violence. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with a TBI or other head injury, contact us as soon as possible to discuss your right to pursue compensation.
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Brain Injury Symptoms
Following an accident, you may not realize that you or a loved one is suffering from a brain injury. If it is a closed brain injury, then there is no way to tell from your or their outward appearance that something is wrong. You have to be able to look for and identify brain damage symptoms and get to a doctor for treatment as soon as possible.
TBI symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness, whether for a few seconds or hours
- Feeling dazed, disoriented, and/or confused
- Persistent or reoccurring headaches
- Feeling nauseated and vomiting
- Feeling drowsy
- Difficulties with movement, including dizziness, loss of balance, lack of coordination, and muscle weakness
- Lack of bladder and bowel control
- Sexual dysfunction
- Difficulties with communication, including troubling talking, thinking of words, and delayed reactions
- Sensory sensitivity
- One or both pupils dilated
- Blurry vision or other vision problems
- Clear fluid coming from your ears or nose
- Feeling agitated, irritable, or combative
- Personality changes
- Acting inappropriately
- Suffering from depression
- Changes in your sleep habits
Clearly, brain damage can present itself in many ways. After any accident or incident of violence involving head trauma, you need to look for changes in yourself or the other victim. If you’re suffering from physical or cognitive difficulties, or if you notice behavioral changes, see a physician immediately. Then, contact a traumatic brain injury attorney as soon as you can.
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Is a Concussion a Brain Injury?
Because a concussion is commonly called something different than a TBI, you may not realize it is a brain injury. You also may not realize the seriousness of suffering from one or more concussions.
A concussion is a mild TBI. The level of a TBI is determined by the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS). The GCS measures your:
- Visual response (eye opening), which is scored None (1), To Pressure (2), To Sound (3), or Spontaneous (4).
- Verbal response, which is scored None (1), Sounds Without Words (2), Incoherent Words (3), Confused (4), or Oriented (5).
- Motor response, which is scored None (1), Extension (2), Abnormal Flexion (3), Normal Flexion (4), Localizing (5), or Obeys Commands (6).
The lower the score, the more serious the TBI. The higher the score, the less serious the injury. A concussion has a score of 13 or higher.
Gauging the severity of a concussion can be difficult. However, there are levels or grades that indicate variations on how a concussion affects different people. With a Grade 1 (mild) concussion, there is no loss of consciousness and your mental state becomes normal within 15 minutes. A Grade 2 (moderate) concussion involves no loss of consciousness, but your amnesia or other signs last longer than 15 minutes. A Grade 3 (severe) concussion involves any loss of consciousness.
If you suffered a concussion due to no fault of your own, call a traumatic brain injury lawyer as soon as you can. A concussion can have a significant financial impact on your life. If you have suffered concussions before, your risk for degenerative brain diseases has increased, which is something we will take into consideration when negotiating a fair settlement.