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What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is defined as any injury or blow to the head that causes a disruption of brain function. It can be a closed head injury, where there are no open cuts or lacerations, or it can be an open injury to the outside of the head. While any significant blow to the head can result in a traumatic brain injury, the majority of them are caused by automobile accidents, assault, falls and blunt trauma.
Each year in the United States there are 1.4 million Americans who suffer from a traumatic brain injury, according to the CDC. If you or someone you love was injured in an automobile accident and suffered a blow to the head, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Trauma to the head can cause both changes in the blood flow to the brain, and increased pressure inside the brain. These changes can cause severe brain damage, and lead to permanent disabilities and even death if not treated quickly.
Traumatic Brain Injury: The Symptoms
At first, victims of a traumatic brain injury may be unaware of their injury. They may be initially treated for cuts and broken bones and then sent home to recover. Unfortunately, as the swelling and pressure inside the brain worsens, so do the symptoms. As a result, victims are then rushed back to emergency rooms with severe and life threatening complications.
Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include:
- loss of consciousness
- nausea and vomiting
- blurred vision or vision changes
- confusion and difficulty with concentration
- numbness or paralysis in extremities
Traumatic Brain Injuries: The Prognosis
There are several factors that affect the overall prognosis of a victim with a traumatic brain injury:
- The severity of the injury
- The type of the injury (whether closed or open wound)
- The specific area of the brain that is injured
In general, more severe traumatic brain injuries will require lengthy hospital stays and complicated surgeries. In addition, extensive rehabilitation with physical therapy, occupational therapy and even speech therapy may be needed—-as well as lifelong care. Some traumatic brain injury patients can also never fully return to the work force and suddenly find themselves permanently disabled and unable to provide for their families.
A traumatic brain injury is a complicated and catastrophic injury that can affect nearly every aspect of a person’s life. As a result, you need a personal injury lawyer who will seek special and aggressive legal representation to assist you and your family at this time and for the years to come. You need someone who specializes in the Traumatic Brain Injury patient and their needs.
Contact a Colorado Car Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact Denver car accident lawyer John R. Fuller today. The Denver personal injury attorney you select often makes the difference between a settlement that favors the insurance company and a settlement or verdict that is fair and meets your needs.
Our Colorado personal injury law firm has the experience to know when our clients are being treated fairly and will respond accordingly. Contact John R. Fuller, P.C., for a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
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