According to the Centers for Disease Control(CDC), approximately 2.5 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) annually. A person that sustains a mild TBI may only experience headaches, while someone with a severe TBI may experience permanent brain damage. At Pathway Law Firm, we understand the long-term effects TBIs can have on their victims. We treat our clients with compassion and understanding while we aggressively seek to recover the compensation they are owed.

Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries

TBIs occur when a person experiences a “bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain.” There are various types of TBIs, including:

 

  • Concussion: A concussion is a mild form of a TBI and occurs when a person receives a blow to the head or moves suddenly, such as they would in a car accident. Concussions can cause confusion and problems with concentration. The effects of a concussion can be more severe if a person sustains more than one concussion over a period of time.  
  • Contusion: A brain contusion is a severe form of a TBI. Brain contusions are a large bruise, or bleeding, on the brain. They may need to be removed surgically and the long term effects depend on the contusions’ size, placement, and how long it bleeds. 
  • Penetrating: A penetrating TBI occurs when an object actually penetrates the brain. In addition to the foreign object entering the brain, it is common for pieces of hair, skin, and bone to penetrate the brain as well. Should an individual survive a penetrating brain injury, the long term effects are generally severe and repeated brain surgeries may be necessary. 
  • Anoxic: An anoxic brain injury occurs when the brain is deprived of air. With just a few minutes of air deprivation the brain’s cells begin to die. Long term effects vary depending on how long the brain goes without oxygen. Common causes of anoxic brain injuries include near drowning, choking, suffocation, carbon monoxide poisoning, stroke, and cardiac arrest.

 

Common Signs & Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries

While the signs and symptoms of TBIs vary widely, some of the ones more commonly seen include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Problems with coordination
  • Problems with balance
  • Dizziness
  • Disorientation
  • Memory Loss
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Mood swings

Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Some of the common causes of TBIs includes:

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If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury, contact Pathway Law Firm today. Our clients are our priority, and we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And, as always, we don’t collect any money from you until your case successfully concludes in either a settlement or verdict through the courts.