Brain Injury or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic brain injury, or TBI as it is often called by medical and legal professional, encompasses a variety of serious, often irreversible neurological damages. TBI may be classified as an open-head injury or a closed-head injury and usually involves the use of an external force, as opposed to an internal occurrence such as a stroke or aneurysm. When TBI occurs, bruising within the brain may be a result. In addition, there may be ruptures involving the tiny blood vessels inside the brain that could result in irreparable brain tissue damaged.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
Accidents with movements at a high rate of speed can often cause traumatic brain injury. Neurological impairment and death may result from accidents involving cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates, personal watercraft and other conveyances. TBI may also be a result of injuries sustained in these areas:
- Shaken Baby Syndrome
- Incidents involving whiplash
- Falls from a great height
- Sports injuries
- Backlash from explosive charges
- Exposure to toxic substances
In some cases, TBI does not present itself immediately after a serious accident or incident. Hours, days and even weeks can go by before symptoms manifest themselves. If you have recently been involved in an incident, and are experiencing severe headaches, dizziness, seizures, loss of memory or mood swings, you may have sustained a traumatic brain injury.
Lawsuits Relating to TBI
If you or someone you know has a traumatic brain injury, the successful outcome of a lawsuit may help compensate for expenses involving permanent disability, income loss and mental distress. Traumatic brain injuries that result in a fatality may be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.
A personal injury lawyer who is knowledgeable about TBI may be able to help you to determine whether TBI was present in a life-threatening or deadly incident.
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