Traumatic brain injury occurs as a result of externally inflicted trauma that may result in significant impairment of a person’s physical, cognitive and psychosocial functioning. The usual sign of traumatic brain injury is an acute change in the injured person’s mental status. This change may or may not involve loss of consciousness after the traumatic event. Traumatic brain injury is distinguished from anoxic brain injury, which occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen. Examples of anoxic brain injury include cardiac arrest, surgical complications, and near-drowning. Anoxic brain injury differs from traumatic brain injury in that traumatic brain injury results in bruising and swelling of the brain, whereas anoxic brain injury causes brain cells to die as a result of oxygen deprivation.
Each year in the United States well over a million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The severity of a TBI can range from a mild concussion to coma or even death. At least 5.3 million Americans currently live with disabilities resulting from TBI. The leading causes of brain injuries are:
- Automobile, truck crashes and bus collisions.
- Motorcycle accidents.
- Birth injuries.
- Slips and/or falls.
- Sports injuries.
Symptoms Of Traumatic Brain Injuries
In many situations, individuals who have sustained a brain injury in an accident may not immediately be aware that they have suffered harm. In fact, brain injury symptoms may not show up for days or even weeks after an accident occurs.
Some common signs of a TBI include:
Left untreated, symptoms can escalate and lead to life long difficulties including cognitive delays, memory loss and personality changes. Those suffering a brain injury may require assistance in performing the tasks of day-to-day living.
Treatment and Compassion for Brain Injuries
Injuries suffered as a result of traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be severe and life altering. Our brain injury lawyers understand that the immediate goals after going through such trauma are to get medical bills covered, make sure you and your loved ones do not suffer financially through any lost wages, and ensure the appropriate insurance company will pay for future treatment relating to the injury. Our experienced brain injury lawyers will go over all options available to you, as well as stand up to insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are protected.
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For more information contact an aggressive Chicago brain injury lawyer at Baizer Kolar Neiman P.C. for a free consultation to discuss your traumatic brain injury case and answer your personal injury questions.