Traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI, usually results from a blunt trauma, hard blow, jolt or other head injury that causes damage to the brain. Common causes include car, motorcycle, or bicycle accidents, slip and falls, and even explosions.
Recently, over 100 of members of American troops in Iran sustained traumatic brain injury from a missile strike. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/10/world/middleeast/iraq-iran-brain-injuries.html
Mild traumatic brain injury may affect a person’s brain cells temporarily, however, a more serious traumatic brain injury can result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding on the brain, among other physical damage to the brain. These injuries can result in long-term complications or may be short-lived. It appears that 70% of the injured service members have returned to duty only after a few days.
The physical and psychological effects of traumatic brain injury can vary and may appear immediately after the traumatic event, while other signs may appear days, weeks, or even months later. Such signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury include persistent headaches that worsen, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, slurred speech, loss of consciousness, memory loss, feeling dazed or disoriented, profound confusion, and convulsions or seizures. Sensory problems, such as blurred vision and ringing in the ears may occur as well.
Traumatic brain injuries are emergency situations and require immediate assistance otherwise consequences can worsen rapidly. Doctors usually need to assess the situation quickly by doing a CT scan to obtain a detailed view of the brain. But TBI is very hard to diagnose.
Treatments for Traumatic Brain Injuries
Certain medications may be given to reduce the amount of fluid in tissues and to help reduce pressure inside the brain. Doctors sometimes use coma-inducing drugs to put people into temporary comas because a comatose brain needs less oxygen to function, which is helpful if blood vessels are unable to supply brain cells with normal amounts of nutrients and oxygen.
Depending on the circumstances, emergency surgery may be needed to minimize additional damage to brain tissues. Head injuries that cause bleeding in the brain may need surgery immediately to stop the bleeding. Surgery may also be needed to repair severe skull fractures and to relieve pressure inside the skull by draining collected cerebral spinal fluid.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury due to a slip and fall or a car accident, you are going to need an experienced personal injury attorney to fight for you to get you the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, lost time from work, and pain and suffering. Thus, it’s imperative that you contact a skilled personal injury lawyer to help you in the midst of a tragedy. Personal injury lawyers at Rosenberg & Rodriguez will answer all your questions during a free consultation.