Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be caused by a bump, blow, jolt, or by penetration of the cranium or skull. These injuries disrupt the normal function of the brain. TBIs can range from mild to severe. For example, mild TBI can be a brief change in mental status or consciousness. Sever TBI can lead to long periods of unconsciousness or amnesia. There are about 1.7 million cases of TBI per year. A person with mild, moderate, or severe TBI should receive medical treatment immediately.
As Miami accident attorneys we are well aware of the severity of TBI. Brain trauma can also cause secondary injuries as a result of the initial cause or impact. Events inside the brain after the initial impact may change the cerebral blood flow and pressure inside the skull. Brain injuries are classified as mild, moderate, or severe. The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is the most common way to measure or classify the severity of TBI. This scale measure on a scale from 3-15 and is based on verbal, motor, and eye opening reactions to stimuli. Anything of 13 on the GCS is mild, 9-12 is moderate, and anything below 8 is severe. Damage from TBI can be localized or diffused throughout the brain. An example of diffused TBI would be an edema or swelling. A localized injury would create symptoms related to the particular area. Symptoms of mild TBI include: Headache, vomiting, nausea, lack of motor coordination, dizziness, difficulty balancing, lightheadedness, blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing in ears, bad taste in mouth, fatigue or lethargy, and changes in sleep patterns. With mild TBI there may also be behavioral or mood changes, confusion, trouble with memory and concentration.
With moderate or severe TBI there may be headaches that do not go away, repeated vomiting and nausea, slurred speech, muscle weakness, loss of coordination, confusion, restlessness, numbness in the limbs, disordered speech, and dilation of one or both pupils. Other symptoms of moderate or severe TBI include changes in appropriate social behavior, deficits in social judgment, problems with sustained attention, deficiency in identifying and understanding, and cognitive changes.
The direction, intensity, and duration of all contributing forces are determinative of the severity of the TBI. As Miami personal injury attorneys we understand that TBIs can be produced by car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, slip and falls, trip and falls, acts of violence, train accidents, amusement park accidents, among other causes. Seek immediate medical attention if you suffered and accident and note any of the symptoms mentioned above. Also, it is important, if possible, to document the circumstances of the loss or accident.
TBI’s can be devastating to an individual and/or their family. It can impede their ability to work, partake in society, and enjoy everyday things. It is wise to hire a Miami-Dade brain injury attorney to assist with any claim you may have as result of such an injury. A Broward personal injury attorney will assure that you are fully compensated for your injuries. Our attorneys are available 24/7. We can be reached at 1.888.413.8353.