To herald in the launch of our new page on traumatic brain injuries, we’d like to discuss these very serious medical issues, and offer some information for our clients and our audience.
WHAT ARE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES AND HOW DO YOU GET THEM?
Traumatic brain injuries are among the most serious personal injury cases we see as lawyers and can come from a variety of sources.
For children, the most common sources of TBIs are sports injuries, and bicycle/skateboarding or other playground accidents while for adults, we see TBI occur most often as a result of slip and fall incidents or motor vehicle/traffic related accidents.
TBIs OFTEN GO UNNOTICED AT FIRST
Traumatic brain injuries are extremely serious and can be deadly if left untreated. These types of injuries include skull fractures, brain bleeds, and coma. One of the major issues when it comes to treating TBIs because of a number of different factors.
Emergency medical technicians and emergency room doctors often miss TBIs if the injury doesn’t result in the loss of consciousness. It is important to remember that while a concussion may exist as part of the symptoms of a TBI, but a concussion doesn’t necessarily have to exist for a TBI to be present.
In addition to there being no conclusive way to test for a traumatic brain injury, the injured party may be unable to recognize the symptoms, or properly express them to their medical professional.
SYMPTOMS OF A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Symptoms of a TBI may not always present right away or even all at once. The symptoms may come on gradually; first the person notices they are having trouble focusing, perhaps short-term memory loss, or the inability to grasp the right word.
Often signs will progress to irritability, “not feeling like themselves” and a feeling of a growing lack of control over their thought processes and emotions in relation to how the may have been before their injury.
MOST TBIs HEAL ON THEIR OWN
The good news about these types of injuries is that in most cases, they clear up on their own in between 90 and 120 days. Not all do however, and must be treated for the sake of the injured party’s health and safety.
There is also the further complication of post-traumatic stress disorder, as the injured person’s revelation that their lives could be adversely affected or even taken out of the blue by someone they’ve never met and that there’s really nothing they can do about it. Psychological counseling will often go hand in hand with any other TBI treatment to achieve the fullest possible effect.
WE ARE EXPERTS IN TBI RELATED LAW
At Wiener & Lambka, since we do understand the severity of traumatic brain injuries, we maintain a trove of resources on our site and a number of blogs where we profile the latest studies and advances in TBI medicine, the effects of TBIs, and remedial measures doctors take to treat people who have suffered TBIs.
We do this to ensure that we are as informed and knowledgeable as we can be so that when dealing with insurance companies and other interested parties, we can better serve our clients who have sustained these terrible types of injuries.