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5 important things to know about a traumatic brain injuries

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2024 | Personal Injury

Car crashes, slip-and-fall incidents and many other types of accidents can lead to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). These injuries can range from minor conditions like concussions to catastrophic injuries that cause a victim to go into a coma. In some cases, they’re fatal.

The type and location of an injury play primary roles in how the injury will affect a person. Because there are so many variables at play when it comes to these injuries, the symptoms, treatment plan and outcome can vary greatly from one case to another.

TBIs can be penetrating or non-penetrating

A penetrating TBI occurs when something enters the brain tissue after piercing the skull. A non-penetrating injury is typically due to blunt force and doesn’t involve anything piercing the skull.

A hit to the head isn’t necessary

It’s possible to have a TBI without a direct hit to the head. These are often due to the head shaking violently in a way that causes the brain to slam against the skull. An example of this is if the head is flung forward and backward because of a head-on motor vehicle crash.

Symptoms vary greatly

The symptoms of a TBI can vary greatly. One of the most common symptoms is a persistent headache that doesn’t abate with over-the-counter medications. Nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sudden mood swings are some of the other symptoms that are possible. These symptoms may show up right away, but it’s possible that they may be delayed for days or weeks after the injury.

Multifaceted treatments might be necessary

Treatment for a TBI must be tailored to the victim’s individual needs. This can include medication, surgery, brain rest or various forms of therapy. A TBI that’s treated quickly after it occurs may have a better chance of recovery than one that’s not treated for a long period after it occurs.

Compensation may be possible

If a TBI results from the negligence or intentional conduct of another person or party, seeking compensation for financial damages may be possible. Medical care costs and missed wages are two examples of what might be included in the claim. Working with a legal representative can help victims to get their case moving forward within the time frame set by state law while allowing them to focus their energy on healing.