Traumatic Brain Injuries
Currently in the United States, every 20 seconds someone is suffering from a traumatic brain injury, of which many of these people are involved in an automobile accident. Picture this; you are driving your car at 70 mile per hour on the highway and you are struck by another car, this causes your brain to instantly fly into your skull at 70 miles per hour. This sort of impact can cause blood vessels to tear resulting in uncontrollable bleeding of these blood vessels.
Uncontrollable bleeding of the blood vessels in the brain will cause the pressure to build up preventing the brain from functioning properly. This may cause the person to lose control of their breathing and heart rate thus resulting in a life or death situation. There are two primary types of traumatic brain injuries:
These injuries are caused by a foreign object entering the brain and causing damage to specific area. As different areas are damaged, each person may experience different symptoms.
Closed Head Injuries
These injuries are caused by a blow to the head and are most common in automobile accidents. These injuries can cause two types of brain damage:
- Primary Brain Damage
- Skull fracture
- Contusions (bruises)
- Hematomas (blood clots)
- Nerve damage
- Secondary Brain Damage
- Brain edema (swelling)
- Increased pressure
- Intracranial infection
- Hematoma (blood clots)
- Low or high blood pressure
- Lower sodium
- High or low carbon dioxide
- Abnormal blood coagulation
- Changes in heart rate
- Changes in breathing
If you have been involved in an automobile accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation. At Philips Law Group we have years of knowledge and experience to put to use for you today. By completing and submitting the form on this page, you will be made eligible for a free case evaluation from our prestigious lawyers.
Physical and Communication Problems After TBI
If you or someone you love is suffering from a traumatic brain injury, you may notice certain symptoms. Typically the physical symptoms associated with a traumatic brain injury include ringing of the ears, headaches, loss of hearing, seizures, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, low sense of taste or smell, blurred vision, and reduced strength and coordination.
Unfortunately traumatic brain injuries can also cause many cognitive and communication problems as well. These problems may vary depending on the severity and location of the brain damage. Many TBI survivors have trouble expressing their ideas, so it may take a lot of effort for them to understand what is being spoken to them. It is also common for these people to have difficulty with communicating socially. Some common communication problems may include:
- Taking turns during conversations
- Staying on topic of conversations
- Using correct tone of voice
- Unable to determine subtleties of conversation
- Unable to recognize facial expressions or body language
- Keeping up with a fast paced conversation
Individuals could seem like they are overreacting or emotionless during a conversation, which can be very frustrating to family and friends who know this person prior to the accident. At Philips Law Group we understand how frustrating this may be and offer our legal assistance in any way possible to help you in your time of need.
How is TBI Diagnosed?
Severity of traumatic brain injuries is determined by a neuropsychological assessment. A neuropsychological assessment is a task oriented assessment that evaluates human brain behavior. This assessment evaluates both higher cognitive functions along with the basic sensory motor process.
A neuropsychologist will review everything from case history to hospital records then interview the accident victim along with their family regarding what the individual was like before the injury. Testing for TBI typically includes evaluation of the following:
- Attention span
- New learning
- Mathematical reasoning skills
- Special perception
- Organizational and abstract thinking skills
- Problem solving skills
- Social judgment skills
- Motor abilities
- Sensory awareness
- Emotional characteristics
- Psychological adjustments
Once doctors have gathered the results from these tests they will determine the proper treatment plan for individual including therapy and support from family and friends. Family and friends should also be aware that these peoples abilities may remain unchanged depending on the severity of the brain injury.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Traumatic brain injuries can result in dozens of medical bills and typically require a lot of recovery time. If you or a loved one is suffering from a traumatic brain injury from an automobile accident, you could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering. Contact a personal injury lawyer today to begin exploring your legal options.
The personal injury attorneys at Phillip Law Group have years of knowledge and experience to handle every type of automobile accident claims. To schedule your free case analysis, fill out the form on this page or give us a call at 602-258-8888 and get started today. Its 100% FREE!