Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious and devastating injury not only to the victim but to the victim’s family as well.
A traumatic brain injury is usually caused by a blow, jolt or penetration to the head. When a TBI occurs it disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not head injuries result in a traumatic brain injury. The severity of a TBI is classified as mild moderate or severe. Of the more than 1 million TBIs that occur every year most, about 75%, are concussions or other forms of mild TBI. A mild traumatic brain injury can be the most difficult diagnose to treat.
Statistics show that 30.5% of all injury related deaths in the U.S. each year are related to a traumatic brain injury. That’s 52,000 people killed every year after a severe head injury.
Because many of the symptoms of mild to moderate traumatic brain injury are subtle, and because the injury commonly avoids detection by all but the most sophisticated hospital imaging equipment, it is not uncommon for victims to go undiagnosed for weeks or even months. This is especially so in the emergency room.
Victims of traumatic brain injury only rarely receive prompt treatment for their physical and cognitive impairment. It is not uncommon for victims’ early medical charts to be devoid of any mention of head injury or cognitive impairment.
Victims of traumatic brain injury can appear outwardly just as they did before the injury. Because of this it can takes weeks or even months before the health care providers properly diagnose and begin to treat these serious injuries.
People who have suffered a brain injury are unable to process information like they did before the injury. Following the plot of a TV show or a movie; balancing a checkbook become nearly impossible to complete or it can take much longer to achieve the same results as prior to the injury. Judgment can be affected, things the victim would not have done prior to the injury are things they don’t even think twice about doing. Communication is oftentimes and very difficult and stifled; the ability to conform behavior to the situation at hand is impaired.
As a result most times the victim begins to experience extreme frustration at being unable to do simple everyday things like watch a TV show or hold a conversation. In some cases this frustration can lead to violent behavior. Headaches are common, and smell and taste can be affected. Memory and recall are often times profoundly affected.
Conscious or unconscious awareness of the situation becomes a nightmare for the victim, who is alone and unable to diagnose or resolve the injury.
If you or someone you know has the symptom of or shows signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) you need the decades of experience Alexander Law Group has in dealing with this debilitating injury.
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