The brain is the most complex part of the human body and although it is protected by the skull and cushioned by the surrounding cerebrospinal fluid, an abrupt blow to the head or a rapid acceleration/deceleration from a car wreck can cause severe injuries.  The skull can protect the brain from penetrating trauma, but it does not absorb all the impact of a violent force.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?

Traumatic Brain Injuries, also known as TBIs or intercranial injuries, are defined as an injury to the brain from an external force. These injuries can cause brain dysfunction and associated neurological and cognitive impairments.

Nearly 100,000 people each year experience a life-long disability as the result of a traumatic brain injury.  And, even what may be deemed a mild concussion cannot be taken lightly, as it is still a brain injury. Because of this, neurosurgeons and other brain-injury experts emphasize that although some concussions are less serious than others, there is no such thing as a “minor concussion.”

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COMMON CAUSES OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES

  • Slips and Falls
  • Car Accidents
  • Tractor Trailer crashes
  • Motorcycle wrecks
  • Public or domestic violence
  • Explosions
  • Sport injuries
  • Combat injuries

HOW ARE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES DIAGNOSED?

Traumatic Brain Injuries can be difficult to diagnose due to the inability of MRI or CT to detect the microscopic damage.  Moreover, the casual medical provider’s interactions with the patient seem to be with a normal-appearing person.  Because of this, careful interviews with the patient, close friends and family are the most reliable source of information for knowing the extent of someone’s brain injury.

This process accounts for the delay of weeks, months or longer for the severity of the injury to become apparent in some cases.  Headache, cognitive impairment, confusion, emotional volatility, loss of consciousness and sleep disturbance, among others, may occur to variable extents after all types of TBI.

Although every individual’s experience with traumatic brain injury is unique, there are many common neuropsychological symptoms and emotions.

COMMON BRAIN & SPINAL CORD INJURY DAMAGES 

In a brain & spinal cord injury lawsuit, an attorney may be able to help you recover the following damages:

Intellectual problems

  • Changes in thinking (cognitive) skills
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Taking longer to process thoughts
  • Trouble with memory, learning, reasoning, judgment, attention or concentration, executive functioning, problem-solving, multitasking, organization, planning, decision-making
  • Difficulties with beginning or finishing tasks

Communication problems

  • Language and communication problems
  • Frustration, conflict, or misunderstanding of others
  • Difficulty understanding speech or writing
  • Difficulty speaking or writing
  • Inability to organize thoughts and ideas
  • Trouble following and participating in conversations

Social problems

  • Trouble allowing others to speak in a conversation
  • Struggles with topic selection in conversations
  • problems with changes in tone, pitch or emphasis to express emotions, attitudes or subtle differences in meaning
  • Difficulty understanding nonverbal signals
  • Trouble reading cues from listeners
  • Trouble starting or stopping conversations
  • Inability to use the muscles needed to form words
  • Challenges maintaining relationships

Behavioral changes

  • Difficulty with self-control
  • Lack of awareness of abilities
  • Displaying risky behavior
  • Difficulty in social situations
  • Verbal or physical outbursts

Emotional changes

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Swings
  • Irritability
  • Lack of Empathy for Others
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Insomnia

Sensory problems

  • Persistent Ringing in The Ears
  • Difficulty Recognizing Objects
  • Impaired Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Blind Spots or Double Vision
  • Experiencing A Bitter Taste, A Bad Smell or Difficulty Smelling
  • Skin Tingling, Pain or Itching
  • Trouble with Balance or Dizziness

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT A BRAIN OR SPINAL INJURY?

The damages that can result from a traumatic brain injury can be both physically and emotionally daunting. When you have your future on the line, you cannot afford to put your trust in an inexperienced attorney. Instead, you need to seek the guidance of attorneys who have extensive experience and resources to either reach a favorable settlement or win your case at trial. We have done both on behalf of our clients on numerous occasions. At Fulmer Sill, we are proud to deliver high-quality assistance to all our clients. Should you choose to seek our legal representation, we are confident that our experience and knowledge will produce a favorable outcome for you. All initial consultations are free, and we don’t charge any up-front fees for representation. We handle all fees on a contingency basis, meaning that unless we’re successful, you don’t have to pay us. Please contact us at (405)510.0077 for a free consultation or request a case review here.