Traumatic Brain Injuries, also known as TBIs, are unfortunately common, extremely serious, and can result in permanent damage or disability. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013 there were nearly 3 million TBI-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations in the United States, and TBI contributed to about 50,000 deaths.
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What follows is more information about TBIs, your rights, and how The Dominguez Firm can help you.
Any injury to the brain resulting from trauma falls under the classification of traumatic brain injury. A trauma injury is a physical injury that is sudden onset and of a severity that likely requires immediate medical attention. These brain injuries most commonly result from a blow, jolt, or collision to the head or body that impacts the brain.
Traumatic brain injuries differ from non-traumatic brain injuries or acquired brain injuries (ABI), based on their cause. ABI results from an illness or pre-existing condition within the body, such as:
There is considerable overlap between the symptoms of TBI and ABI, and diagnosticians will take into account whether the onset of symptoms was directly precipitated by an instance of head trauma, for example, a blow to the head, in order to properly diagnose TBI or ABI.
A TBI is classified according to the severity of the injury and diagnosed based on the nature and duration of symptoms.
Symptoms of Mild Brain Injuries include:
Anyone experiencing any of the above symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries include all of the above, as well as the onset or continuation of any of the following symptoms within hours or days following the trauma incident:
According to the CDC, the top 3 leading causes of TBI are:
Many victims of moderate to severe TBI will experience long-term deficits or disability in their motor functions (movement of the body). Motor skills are classified in two categories: (1) gross motor skills, which are involved in the movement of the arms, legs, and other large body parts; and (2) fine motor skills, which are involved in smaller movements of the fingers, toes, wrists, hands, face, and other smaller body parts.
Examples of gross motor function impairment that may result from TBI include:
Examples of fine motor function impairment that may result from TBI include:
Cognitive impairment is common among TBI patients and can have a significant impact on their quality of life. Disruptive primary cognitive impairment can include:
These primary disturbances to cognitive functioning can result in a variety of secondary symptoms that impact the most basic functions of everyday life, including:
TBI can have substantial impacts on a patient’s speech and language faculties, including:
TBI can cause irreversible impairment to a victim’s abilities to perceive and process sensory stimuli.
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Emotional and behavioral impacts are among the most difficult long-term effects of TBI, since they can be secondary effects of difficulties coping with the physical and cognitive symptoms outlined above. Victims may suffer from depression, emotional volatility, irritability, aggression, social dependency, and lack of motivation.
Luckily, doctors have had success treating TBI patients exhibiting these symptoms with psychological counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy.
How to Prevent TBI
If you or someone you know has suffered head trauma due to someone else’s negligence, you need an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney on your side. The award-winning Los Angeles Brain Injury Lawyers at The Dominguez Firm have represented clients suffering from traumatic and catastrophic brain injuries to recuperate vital compensation in the millions of dollars for their brain injury cases. Our team of injury attorneys can help you:
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