traumatic brain injury

TBI is a contributing factor to a third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States.

Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that, on average, approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury annually.

Two new studies, reported in the U.S. News & World Report, show how brain neurons are damaged by traumatic injuries.

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TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI)

Please Note: These FAQ are not intended to provide advice on personal medical matters, nor is it intended to be a substitute for consultation with a qualified medical and/or legal professional.

What is Traumatic Brain Injury ("TBI")?
Are all TBI's the result of a head injury?
What classifies as a Mild TBI? ("MTBI)
What is a concussion?
What are some of the physical problems associated with a TBI?
What are the cognitive problems commonly associated with a TBI?
What are the emotional Problems commonly associated with a TBI?
What are the behavioral problems commonly associated with a TBI?
What is a primary and secondary injury with TBI?
Can someone recover from a TBI?

What is Traumatic Brain Injury ("TBI")?

TBI is an injury to the brain caused by external force, otherwise known as "trauma." The injury can result from a direct blow to the head, or from sheering and tearing caused by acceleration/deceleration forces in an accident. A TBI can occur whenever your head is struck by an outside force or is violently jolted, whether it's a football tackle, a fall, a shaken baby, or an automobile accident. Some injuries involve penetration of the brain, while others cause damage without actually penetrating the skull. Any trauma to the head can cause Traumatic Brain Injury. Since our brains are the control centers for our bodies, even a mild TBI can have a significant impact on a life and the effect on the injured person and their family can still be devastating.

Are all TBI's the result of a head injury?

A head injury does not necessarily mean a traumatic brain injury nor does traumatic brain injury require an injury to the head. A blow to the head does not automatically result in brain damage, our skulls give us a certain amount of protection from blunt force. On the other hand, severe whiplash can jostle the brain and cause damage to nerves through sheering and tearing without damaging the skull.

What classifies as a Mild TBI?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be classified as mild if loss of consciousness and/or confusion and disorientation is shorter than 30 minutes TBI's are graded as mild, moderate or severe, depending upon how long the subject is unconscious following trauma. "Mild" is defined as a lack of consciousness for 0-60 minutes. "Moderate" is 1-24 hours. "Severe" is greater than 24 hours. While MRI and CAT scans are often normal, with a Mild TBI, the individual has cognitive problems such as headache, difficulty thinking, memory problems, attention deficits, mood swings and frustration. These injuries are commonly overlooked.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. You may exp`erience headaches and/or difficulty with concentration, memory, judgment, balance and coordination. Although concussions usually are caused by a trauma to the head, they can also occur when the head and upper body are violently shaken. In Mild concussions, where a person doesn't lose consciousness, some people have concussions and don't realize it.

What are some of the physical problems associated with a TBI?

The most common physical problems are: Fatigue, sleep disturbances, headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness, seizures, tremors, blurred vision or tired eyes, nausea/vomiting, hearing problems, reduced strength and coordination, and loss of sex drive.

What are the cognitive problems commonly associated with a TBI?

No two brain injuries are exactly the same. The effects of a brain injury are complex and vary greatly from person to person. Cognitive deficits that can follow TBI include impaired attention, difficulty with social communication, disrupted insight, impaired judgment, disorientation, distractibility, temporary amnesia, memory loss, slower processing of information, difficulty in problem-solving and impulsive reactions to ordinary events. 

What are the emotional and behavioral problems commonly associated with a TBI?

Any traumatic brain injury is potentially catastrophic, since damage to our "thinking organ" can affect the way we act, feel, perceive and respond to others, including our family. It is important to understand, that although a personmay "look fine" on the outside, the brain injury may cause changes which affect their behavior. People who have suffered a TBI may display irritability, depression, apathy, anxiety, agitation, frustration; display a confrontational attitude and/or outbursts of anger; feelings of guilt and feelings of helplessness. They may become impatient, fearful or thoughtless, and have difficulty doing their usual routine or tasks. It can be most frustrating to families and friends because a person with TBI may have little to no awareness of just how different he or she is acting.

What is a primary and secondary injury with TBI?

Primary brain damage is damage that is complete at the time of impact or trauma.

Secondary brain damage is swelling and release of chemicals that promote inflammation and cell injury or death. This is damage that evolves over time after the trauma and may include brain swelling, increased pressure inside of the skull, hematoma, infection and/or fever.

Can someone recover from a TBI?

No two brain injuries are exactly the same. The effects of a brain injury are complex and vary greatly from person to person. Outcomes can range from complete recovery to permanent disability or death. Many factors can have an effect on potential recovery beginning with the initial treatment the person receives following the injury. Proper diagnosis and treatment is essential to support the chance for optimal recovery.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury of the brain, the California traumatic brain injury attorneys at Bill Daniels | Law Offices can help you obtain the maximum recovery for your injuries. We have won millions for our clients, and have the determination and expertise so that you receive compensation for your traumatic brain injury.

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