About Traumatic Brain Injury
What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
Injury to the brain can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Depending on which area(s) of your brain were affected, the severity of a traumatic brain injury will vary. Brain damage may consist of internal bleeding, nerve damage, and broken cranial bones. A mild traumatic brain injury may cause temporary confusion and headaches; on the other hand, a severe traumatic brain injury may be fatal.
There are two classifications for traumatic brain injury: mild and severe. The signs and symptoms of these classifications are the following:
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury:
- Brief period of unconsciousness
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Blurred vision
- Changes in behavior
- Memory or concentration problems
- Amnesia immediately prior to and following the injury
- Ringing in the ears
Severe Traumatic Brain Injury:
- Persistent headaches and nausea
- Slurred speech
- Loss of coordination
- Periodic vomiting
- Inability to wake from sleep
- Dilated Pupil(s)
- Weakness/numbness in the extremities
- Deep confusion
A traumatic brain injury is usually the result of a quick, violent impact to the head that pushes the brain against the inside of the skull. This impact can bruise the brain, tear nerve fibers, and cause bleeding. A traumatic brain injury may be caused by an auto accident or motorcycle accident. In some cases, a shattered piece of the skull may enter the brain tissue and cause a traumatic brain injury.
Since the brain controls thought processes, movements, behaviors, and sensations, a traumatic brain injury may have extensive physical and psychological effects. The immediate physical effects include bruising and swelling. Intracranial pressure increases when swelling occurs in the injured brain tissue. Unfortunately, the increased pressure will cause vital blood vessels to rupture; this could potentially cause brain damage or, in severe cases, death.
Since you may still need additional minor surgeries, you will be placed into rehabilitation in order to possibly gain some lost functions. The rehabilitation team will try to help you recover as many of the lost functions as possible. You will most likely need to follow up with physicians and physical therapy for a period of time.
If you were in an accident and now suffer a TBI, call the Law Offices of Michael Cordova at (602) 265-6700 or contact us by filling out the online Case Evaluation Form.