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Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
- There are many causes of TBI, some internal and some external in nature. Internal injuries often result from toxins in the brain, lack of oxygen, tumors, infections, and stroke.
External injuries, on the other hand, often result from the actions of others. Common sources of external injury include bullet wounds, penetration of the skull, focal damage, and deceleration (when the brain is slammed back and forth inside the skull).
- Current estimations show that of all externally-caused TBIs:
- 47% were incurred by individuals who fell
- 15% were incurred by individuals stuck by or against something
- 14% were incurred by individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents
- 9% were incurred by victims of assault
- Not sure what caused your TBI? A skilled attorney can help determine the cause through witness statements, police reports, and medical records.
Level of Severity
There are three levels of severity associated with Traumatic Brain Injury:
- Mild – Injuries that may result in loss of consciousness for seconds or minutes. The victim may appear irritable, confused, or off-balance.
- Moderate – Injuries that result in loss of consciousness for several hours. The victim may appear confused or dazed for several weeks. Complications can be physical, cognitive, or behavioral in nature and may require treatment programs.
- Severe – Injuries that result in life-threatening damage and permanent disability.
- Whether your Traumatic Brain Injury is mild, moderate, or severe, it should be taken seriously. A second impact can be fatal, even to those with mild injuries.
Navigating a personal injury lawsuit may seem difficult or impossible during recovery. An experienced attorney can help you through this process, providing the time and energy necessary to focus on your health.
Types of Injuries
- There are four major types of TBIs, including:
- Concussions – A minor head injury caused by shaking, impact, or a sudden change in movement. Often, concussions cannot be seen through imaging tests. Even though concussions are considered minor in nature, they should be taken seriously. Concussions can lead to headaches, memory loss, disorientation, and low concentration. There are few things more dangerous than a second head injury after incurring a concussion.
- Contusion – A bruise in the brain tissue. Contusions range from mild to severe. These injuries may occur after an injury to the head, including a slip and fall accident or an automobile accident. A severe contusion can lead to loss of consciousness, confusion, emotional distress, agitation, and exhaustion. If not treated properly, a contusion can have serious and permanent consequences.
- Penetrating Injury – Also known as an open head wound. These injuries occur when an object pierces through the skull, sometimes making contact with the brain. This contact can lead to serious injury and should be treated by a medical health professional as soon as possible.
- Anoxic Injury – When the brain does not receive enough oxygen to operate. After just five minutes of low oxygen, brain cells will begin to die. Anoxic injuries are often caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, choking, suffocation, or drowning.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer for Representation
No one anticipates incurring a TBI. Still, the results can be life-changing and financially debilitating. If someone else caused your TBI through carelessness or recklessness, you are entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.In the state of Florida, personal injury lawsuits must be filed within four years of the accident. If you miss this window of opportunity, you’ll never be able to receive compensation for your injuries.If you or a loved one has incurred a Traumatic Brain Injury, contact our experienced team of attorneys at Dennis A. Lopez & Associates. We are fully dedicated to obtaining the compensation you deserve. Call our office at (813) 223-1977.