TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
A traumatic brain injury (TBI, or “intracranial injury”) is an injury to the brain caused by an external violent jarring or force. It can be caused by a direct impact, or by acceleration. The force usually causes the brain to move inside the skull, and sometimes it breaks the skull and directly harms the brain. The brain can bruise, tear, or swell, and this can result in seizures, memory loss, headaches, loss of bodily functions, speech impairment, and behavioral issues. TBI often also results in secondary injury, such as alterations in cerebral blood flow and the pressure within the skull. Approximately 1.5 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year in the U.S., and 5.3 million live with disabilities caused by TBI.
Categories of Head Injury:
- Diffuse Axonal Injury - caused by a shaking or strong rotation of the head.
- Concussion – these occur when the brain receives external trauma from an impact or violent change in momentum.
- Penetration Injury – these result from a bullet, knife or other object or projectile forcing itself into the brain.
- Recurrent TBI (Second Impact Syndrome) – this occurs when the brain is reinjured prior to the healing of a previous injury. It is widely known that a recently injured brain is more susceptible to new injury, particularly shortly thereafter.
- Coup Contrecoup – this injury occurs when a force impacting the head is severe enough to cause the brain to slam into the opposite side of the skull. The brain is injured as it moves in both directions.
Causes of TBI
The three leading causes of TBI are motor vehicle incidents, gunshot wounds, and falls. Other causes include acts of violence, sports injuries, domestic violence, and other forces which violently impact the brain.
What we can do if you suffer a TBI due to someone else’s negligence
Needless to say, a traumatic brain injury changes your life. A brain injury may impair your ability to function at work, at social functions, and even affect your life at home with your family. If you suffer a TBI due to an intentional or negligent act, whoever caused your injury needs to be held accountable. And you deserve the best care, support, hope for your future.
Call The Guthrie Firm, PLLC at 601-991-1099 or toll-free at 866-991-1055 . Feel free to contact us by email as well. We will negotiate a fair settlement, or take your case to trial to ensure you receive everything to which you are entitled.