Traumatic Brain Injuries

Statistically, about 1.7 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries each year. Of that million, approximately 50,000 die from the severity of their injuries. Obviously, these head traumas aren’t called “catastrophic” for nothing. Whether you’re involved in a personal injury lawsuit, taking safety precautions, or simply trying to learn more about these injuries, you can benefit from knowing these important facts:

  • Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by head contact or the mere jolting of the brain within the cranium, such as the impact a fighter sustains when punched and his head reverberates back and forth.
  • Concussions usually precede traumatic brain injury.
  • Concussion may happen when your head strikes an object or an object strikes your head.
  • You may suffer a traumatic brain injury without loss of consciousness.
  • Symptoms include: headaches, nausea, diminished concentration, fatigue, sleep problems and often depression.

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Closed-Head Injury

Closed-head injuries are a type of traumatic brain injury in which the skull and dura mater remain intact. Closed-head injuries are the leading cause of death in children under 4 years old and the most common cause of physical disability and cognitive impairment in young people. Overall, closed-head injuries and other forms of mild traumatic brain injury account for about 75% of the estimated 1.7 million brain injuries that occur annually in the United States.

Brain injuries such as closed-head injuries may result in lifelong physical, cognitive, or psychological impairment and, thus, are of utmost concern with regards to public health. Symptoms include: headache, dizziness, nausea, slurred speech and vomiting.

Post-Concussion Syndrome

This condition is recognized generally by confusion and headaches.  To qualify for this diagnosis, you must have suffered a loss of consciousness.

Treatment for both traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome requires prompt medical attention. Most often, CT scans will identify the extent of the injury. Post-diagnosis treatment will include physical and occupational therapy, as well as psychological support. When you go to have a mild brain injury treated, keep the following information in mind:

  • It is important to treat with a doctor who is very familiar with such claims.
  • Frequently, neuropsychological testing will be needed to “map” the injured area of the brain and to relate that injury to the trauma sustained.

Our office regularly reviews reports from neuropsychologists. We often will retain the services of a life care planner, a vocational expert and an economist. These experts will assist us in our fight to get you a full financial recovery, which can include recovery of your financial losses, as well as pain and suffering. For more information or to discuss your case, please call us today.