Traumatic brain injuries are surprisingly difficult to diagnose given the devastating impact they can have on a personal injury victim.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be just as devastating as it sounds. Yet for such a serious-sounding injury, it can be surprisingly difficult to identify.
Traumatic brain injuries are caused by a significant impact of the head against a hard surface. Specifically, we see this injury in auto accidents, in slips and falls, and in workplace accidents. And TBI is more common than previously believed; approximately 1.4 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury yearly.
Undiagnosed brain trauma can lead to scarring of the brain that can affect someone’s ability to think. We urge our clients who have suffered significant head impact in any accident to push their doctors for a brain scan just to be sure that the impact is not causing damage to the brain.
Types Of Traumatic Brain Injury
Trauma to the head can lead to any of the following brain injuries:
Skull Fractures: Your skull is strong, but it is not bulletproof. A forceful impact can cause the skull to fracture. Repair often requires surgery.
Concussions: We know now that concussions, which are caused by the soft brain impacting against the hard skull, can cause irreversible brain damage that can worsen with age. Concussions are most common in auto, motorcycle, and truck accidents when the head hits a hard surface.
Hematomas: A hematoma is similar to a brain bruise. Hematomas are diagnosed with the help of a brain MRI.
Diffuse Axonal Injury: Sometimes the impact can cause small, micro-injuries that scatter throughout the brain. We call these injuries diffuse axonal injuries.
Signs Of Trauma To The Brain
Headaches and dizziness are common signs of brain trauma.
If you or a loved one have been in an accident where there was trauma to the head, keep an eye out for the following symptoms:
- Inability to track with your eyes
- Head pressure
When the brain is injured, the body wants to push fluid around the brain to protect it. The problem with this response is that the skull is hard and not malleable. Thus, if there is too much swelling in the brain, the brain can be damaged even further.
What A Brain Injury Lawyer Can Do
A brain injury lawyer is a type of attorney with specific knowledge of how to prove brain injury cases in court and maximize the compensation awarded to his or her client. A brain injury lawyer will:
Build Your Case: A St. Petersburg brain injury lawyer works the case from the beginning by referring the client to a brain injury specialist.
The brain injury specialist will utilize special MRI machines to evaluate the extent of brain damage. The injured person is then referred to a neuropsychologist, who will set up a treatment plan.
Evaluate Your Claim: A brain injury lawyer’s primary concern is to ensure that his or her client can cover current and future medical bills, as well as receive other compensation such as for pain and suffering, property damage, and lost wages.
Don’t wait too long after an accident to seek legal counsel. Contact Denmon Pearlman today for a free consultation.