One of the most serious injuries a human can sustain is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The brain is the most complex organ in the body. It is the control center for all of the body’s functions, like breathing and keeping the heart beating. The brain is the center of our thinking, our emotions, and our behaviors. Because of the brain’s central role in the body, injury to it can have devastating effects.
Traumatic Brain Injury “usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body.” TBI can also be caused by an object penetrating the skull. TBI is dysfunction of the brain cells. Serious cases can lead to brain bruising, bleeding, swelling, torn or damaged tissue, and can lead to long-term complications or death. However, a growing body of scientific research is establishing that brain injuries are often caused by sudden jarring and extreme movements of the head and neck, even without a physical impact to the skull.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injuries are very serious conditions. In cases of severe or widespread damage to the brain, the level of physical and psychological impairment can be vast.
The American Brain Foundation shares the following:
Mild TBI Symptoms include headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, fatigue or lethargy, a change in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes, and trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking.
Moderate to Severe TBI Symptoms may include all of the above, as well as:
- Headache that persists or gets worse
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- An Inability to awaken from sleep
- Dilation of one or both pupils
- Slurred speech
- Weakness or numbness in the extremities
- Loss of coordination
- Increased confusion
- Restlessness or agitation
If there is any chance that an accident could have resulted in some sort of trauma to the brain, the patient must be monitored very closely.
Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury
The effects of TBI are serious and life altering. The effects of TBI can include: cognitive disabilities, sensory deficiencies, language and communication difficulties, changes in personality, memory loss, mental illness, physical disabilities, and incapacitation.
Most often the damage to the brain tissue is permanent and irreversible.
Traumatic Brain Injury Cases
If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury in an accident, it is important that you work with a personal injury attorney experienced in brain injury cases. TBI cases are highly complex. Getting the full compensation you deserve requires expertise and skill with these special types of cases.
The medical evidence can be complicated and difficult to understand. It is not uncommon for an insurance company to try to take advantage of this by questioning the injury, which is very real to the injured person and their family, but may be difficult to see on a CT scan or other diagnostic testing.
In addition to these challenges, the cost of treating brain injuries is extremely high. People who have suffered brain injuries often require diagnostic testing, specialists, surgery, and rehabilitative therapy, as well as ongoing medical care for life. In cases where the damages are so high, it is even more critical to make sure that your attorney can get the best possible settlement or jury award on your behalf.
The Experienced Attorneys of Miller Lathrop Can Help
Brain injury cases can be difficult, but with our experience and dedication to our clients, we will make sure your family is given the best possible representation.
Miller Lathrop provides dependable, experienced, and compassionate advocacy for our clients. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your traumatic brain injury or other personal injury, contact our firm or call (402)558-4900 any time.
According to Brainline.org, 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries each year; 52,000 die each year; 275,000 are hospitalized; and 1.365 million are treated and released from emergency rooms.
Miller Lathrop serves clients throughout Eastern Nebraska and parts of Western Iowa including Douglas County, Sarpy County, Lancaster County, and Pottawattamie County, as well as the cities of Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Papillion, Fremont, Blair, Elkhorn, and Council Bluffs.