Our brains, the most important organ in our body, are especially susceptible to injury. While our skulls offer protection, a significant blow can cause irreversible brain damage that can lead to lifelong complications. While you may be familiar with concussions, a type of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), most people are less familiar with the specifics of TBI and what is can look like from patient to patient. Here is what you need to know, especially if you or a loved one has suffered a significant head injury.
What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Traumatic Brain Injury is defined as the disruption of the normal functioning of the brain due to a blow, jolt, or bump to the head, or penetrating head injury. The spectrum of that disruption of brain functioning is a wide one, but each TBI situation should be taken seriously to assure that the patient suffers less potential complications.
How many people are affected by Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic Brain Injuries happen to people of all ages and abilities. Those who are at risk to fall, such as seniors or small children, are at an increased risk of injury, as are those that participate in a lifestyle that increases their risk of head trauma. In 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control, there were more than 280,000 hospitalizations due to TBI, and 56,000 related deaths.
Is a concussion a Traumatic Brain Injury?
In short, yes. A concussion is a TBI; doctors often refer to concussions as mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
Where can Traumatic Brain Injury occur?
Unfortunately, TBIs can occur anywhere, including at home and at work. Accidents are often the culprit for these complicated injuries, and some of those accidents do happen at work or as a result of a car accident.
Even with proper treatment, follow up, and therapy, those living with Traumatic Brain Injuries can suffer long term complications such as mobility issues, difficulty concentrating, or even personality changes. Learning new coping skills and using adaptive equipment can increase patient quality of life.
If you have suffered a blow to the head, are living with concussion symptoms, or have a Traumatic Brain Injury caused by an accident, the team at O’Brien Law may be able to help. Give us call to explain your situation and see if our experienced attorneys can advocate for you to receive the compensation and treatment you deserve.