Traumatic Brain Injuries
What is Considered a Traumatic Brain Injury?
An injury resulting from intense contact to the head, damaging the brain, or penetration of the brain tissue is classified as a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injury causes can include injuries sustained in slip and fall incidents, car accidents, and sports, combat, and violence-related impact.
There are three classes of traumatic brain injuries: mild, moderate, and severe. Injuries are graded on this scale depending on the injury’s impact on brain function.
What Happens to the Brain During a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A mild traumatic brain injury can be detected by symptoms of lost consciousness and confusion, nausea, fatigue, changes in sleep, speech issues, blurred vision, light and sound sensitivity, memory problems, mood changes, and more. In cases of a mild traumatic brain injury, brain cells may be temporarily damaged, and symptoms can appear immediately or up to weeks after the incident.
Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries can severely damage the brain, with potential wounds including bruising, bleeding, and tissue tears. A moderate to severe traumatic brain injury can exhibit symptoms similar to mild traumatic brain injury symptoms, in addition to convulsions, seizures, numbness, coordination issues, pupil dilation, fluid in the nose and ears, and coma. Overall, a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury will exhibit more elevated symptoms when compared to a mild injury.
A traumatic brain injury can contribute to several complications and long-term effects. These injuries can result in coma, a vegetative state, or death. Over time, a victim may develop seizures, vertigo, hydrocephalus, sensory damage, cognitive problems, communication issues, changes in behavior and mood, and several other interruptions in brain function.
Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment
A traumatic brain injury can be diagnosed through tests that examine the patient’s coherence and ability to move. Doctors use imaging tests, such as a CT scan or MRI, to view the damage to the brain.
Any traumatic brain injury should receive immediate medical attention. A mild traumatic brain injury often will only require rest and close monitoring. For more severe injuries, a treatment plan may include medication, surgery, and continuous rehabilitation.
If you or a loved one have suffered from a traumatic brain injury that was caused by the negligence of another person, the Law Offices of Jennie Levin, P.C. can help. Contact us online or call (323) 951-1188 to speak with our attorney.