10 Things You Need To Know About Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury, or “TBI,” is a serious, life-altering condition, yet few people know much about this condition. Below are just a few facts to show how TBI affects our lives.
1. A TBI consists of an injury resulting from a blow to the head or a penetration to the head, but doesn’t have to result in the loss of consciousness. A blow to one part of the head can cause TBI damage throughout the brain.
2. Every year, 1.7 million people in the United States are subjected to a TBI.
3. The severity of a TBI may range from mild to severe. For example, a low speed car accident may cause a mild TBI.
4. Motor vehicle accidents and falls are the most common cause of TBI.
5. An individual with a TBI can suffer from both physical and mental ailments, some appearing immediately after the accident and other symptoms appearing weeks later.
6. Symptoms of TBI include, but are not limited to, headaches, difficulty concentrating, confusion, trouble sleeping, drowsiness, fatigue, difficulty processing information quickly, depression, and problems with memory.
7. Traumatic brain injuries can have a devastating effect on brain functioning in several key areas. For instance, Disinhibition causes thoughts to become speech, causing the TBI patient to speak inappropriate comments. IQ remains unaffected by TBI, but reasoning, decision-making abilities, and social skills can all be inhibited.
8. Traditional MRI and CT scans don’t always reveal the existence of a TBI, which can complicate personal injury cases associated with the condition. Fortunately, new MRI procedures have been developed that make diagnosing a TBI more likely. They are Diffusion Tensor Imaging, Susceptibility Weighted Imaging, and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy scans.
9. Treatment of a TBI requires more than just a visit to the emergency room. A TBI should be addressed by rehabilitation services and stimulating activities in the individual’s home.
10. Keeping an active mind has been proven to encourage TBI recovery. Specifically, TBI patients are encouraged to read as much as possible, interact socially with others, and exercise regularly, upon the approval of the physician.
Contact Stobierski & Connor
There are attorneys specializing in TBI cases, such as Stobierski & Connor, who can assist in a number of ways. An experienced TBI lawyer can negotiate with insurance companies to ensure you receive the maximum benefits available. Contact Stobierski & Connor for a free consultation.