Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain Injury Lawyer

Every year, approximately two million people sustain a head injury. Most of these injuries are minor because the skull provides the brain with protection. However, over half a million head injuries each year require hospitalization. Injuries to the head are so common that almost everyone in their lifetime will sustain some form of trauma to the head. Learning to recognize serious head injury and implementing basic first aid can save someone’s life.

Head injury, also referred to as traumatic brain injury, head trauma, or concussion, is any trauma to the head that leads to injury of the scalp, skull or brain. Head injury can be classified as either closed or penetrating. In closed head injury, the head sustains a blunt force by striking against an object. In penetrating head injuries, a high velocity object breaks through the skull and enters the brain.

Common causes of head injury include automobile accidents, work accidents, recreational accidents, falls, accidents in the home and industrial accidents. Some head injuries result in prolonged or non-reversible brain damage. This can occur as a result of bleeding inside the brain, or high shearing forces that damage the nerve cells of the brain. It can even occur as a result of an infection to the brain caused by blunt trauma.

Brain Injury Symptoms

The more serious head injuries cause deficits that vary with the degree of brain injury. These deficits may include: seizures, paralysis, coma, personality changes, hearing loss, vision loss, loss of taste, loss of smell, and cognitive or learning deficits. The signs and symptoms of a head injury may occur immediately or develop slowly over several hours.

The following symptoms suggest a more serious head injury that requires emergency medical treatment: bleeding, altered level of consciousness, confusion, convulsions, skull fracture, severe headache, loss of consciousness, blurred vision, pupil changes, stiff neck, slurred speech, fluid drain from nose, mouth or ears, increased drowsiness, scalp wound.

If you have suffered any of the above symptoms contact Todd for a free case evaluation.