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If you have recently suffered head trauma with lasting effects at the negligence of someone else, you should call a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer today.  If you have been involved in a vehicle accident, slip and fall, or any other incident you may have sustained a traumatic brain injury (“TBI”), you need an experienced attorney on your side, you need Kirkpatrick Law. Kirkpatrick Law knows the nuances of causes, symptoms, care, and treatment which enables Kirkpatrick Law to help you protect your rights and receive the compensation you deserve.

Head injuries are dangerous and can have lasting effects. Sometimes these lasting effects can lead to permanent disabilities or even death. If you or a loved one have sustained a traumatic brain injury, you should talk to an attorney immediately. They can help you understand your legal options and protect your financial future. At Kirkpatrick Law, we are here for you. Contact us for a free consultation.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic Brain Injury is an injury to the brain caused by blunt force. This can occur in several ways and may vary in degree from minor to catastrophic. The injury itself may be the result of direct impact or trauma to the head. Also, it can occur from indirect trauma to the brain from impact with the skull, or deprivation of oxygen to the brain. If you have suffered a brain injury because of someone else’s negligence, you need to know your legal rights.

What Are Symptoms of TBI?

Physical Symptoms

  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Loss of vision

Cognitive symptoms

  • Amnesia
  • Short term memory loss
  • Disorientation
  • Poor Concentration

Emotional symptoms

  • Agitation
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Personality changes in general
  • Changes in appetite

Negligence Can Cause Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries typically occur at the hands of another. It is commonly due to another’s negligence. The following accidents commonly lead to serious TBI and related symptoms:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Commercial truck accidents
  • Slips, trips, and falls or hazards on another party’s premises
  • Construction accidents
  • Industrial explosions and accidents

What is a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury?

Mild traumatic brain injury is defined as a traumatically induced physiological disruption of brain function. This means any one of these symptoms is present:

  • Any period of loss of consciousness
  • Loss of memory for events immediately before or after the accident
  • A mental state that is altered at the time of the accident (such as dizziness or confusion)

If the period of unconsciousness or altered mental state lasts shorter than a period of 30 minutes, the TBI will be classified as “mild.”   The majority of documented traumatic brain injuries are classified as mild. The physiological disruption of brain function can be the result of the head being struck or striking an object. TBI is also known to occur when the brain undergoes an acceleration/deceleration movement, known as whiplash. There does not need to be direct external trauma to the head.

What Are Some Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries?

Concussion

This is the most common type of brain trauma. It occurs with both closed and open head injuries. Concussions are often caused by impacts to the head. Violent shaking of the head or whiplash-type movements can cause concussions as well. A concussion often results in post-concussion syndrome. Concussions are often referred to as mild traumatic brain injury.

A concussion is very serious and warrants immediate medical attention. Post-concussion syndrome can hinder your ability to do simple tasks or even your job. Most individuals that have concussions recover shortly thereafter. However, some do not, and they have lingering effects due to post-concussion syndrome.

Contusion

A contusion is the result of an impact to the head resulting in severe bruising or bleeding of the brain. Large contusions often need surgery. It is important to note that a cerebral contusion can cause blood vessel leaks and microhemorrhages. Contusions with swelling, known as edema, often need surgery to reduce intracranial pressure. This pressure can be life-threatening or result in permanent brain damage.

Coup-Contrecoup

Coup-Contrecoup is a result of two contusions on both sides of the brain. The first contusion is due to the initial impact of the head. The second is due to the force of the hit causing the brain to slam into the other side of the skull. In a coup-contrecoup brain injury, both sides of the brain are injured.

Diffuse Axonal Injury

Diffuse Axonal Injury happens when the brain lags behind the movement of the skull. This creates tears in parts of the brain. The cause of this is intense shaking or twisting of the head. A diffuse axonal injury to the brain can cause severe problems and even death. Those with diffuse axonal injury commonly lose consciousness at the time of trauma.

Penetration

This is an injury where something is forced through the skull and into the brain. This can be the result of a stabbing, gunshot, or any other sharp object. These injure most often end in death.

Contact a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Today

At Kirkpatrick Law, we can help you get to the right kind of medical, psychiatric, and psychological experts to check and treat your injury. If you or a loved one have suffered a head injury or concussion due to someone else’s negligence, call us for a free consultation about your case.  We are here to fight for you in this very difficult time.