Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a serious, debilitating, and deadly injury that results from trauma to the head. Often resulting from trips, slips, falls, automobile, motorcycle, and trucking accidents, TBIs are not always easy to identify. For example, if one suffers a fractured skull, a brain bleed, or a coma due to an impact to the head, it is obvious one has suffered a severe TBI. However, one can also suffer a mild brain injury, which despite its name, should be taken as seriously as a severe TBI. These often occur during automobile, motorcycle, and trucking accidents, and although they are not life threatening, they can have serious effects on one’s physical, cognitive, and emotional abilities. It is important to take these seriously because if left untreated or ignored, the injury could get worse and symptoms can intensify over time.
Symptoms of Brain TraumaPhysical Symptoms of a brain injury
- Blurred vision
- Loss of vision
- Short term memory loss
- Poor Concentration
- Personality changes in general
- Changes in appetite
Brain Trauma can happen without Impact to the HeadThe most common myth surrounding TBIs is that one must be struck on the head or knocked unconscious in order to receive have suffered an injury to the brain. However, a recent study done by Ezriel Kornel, M.D., F.A.C.S., and Michael Freeman, Ph.D, found that whiplash, often experienced in automobile and motorcycle accidents, caused brain injury in over 20 percent of the cases presented in the study. The brain injury often found in the study manifests as a hernia in the brain known as a Chiari Malformation, in which the bottom part of the brain protrudes through the base of the skull.
One can also suffer a diffuse axonal injury as a result from whiplash as well. This is when the brain’s axons can become torn or separated as a result from the violent shaking of one’s head during whiplash experienced in an accident.
Axonal tears often go unrecognized by emergency responders, doctors, and personal injury attorneys because they can also occur in a low impact accident where there is no impact of the head or loss of consciousness. This is one of the worst brain injuries that can be suffered, and insurance companies will try dismissing it and labeling the accident in which it happened as a “minor impact accident.” This is certainly not the case, and it is very important to be examined by a doctor who is well-versed in the area of TBIs and all of the science that goes behind it.
Other Myths about Brain Trauma
- Negative MRIs, CT scans, and EEGs completely rule out brain trauma
- There are immediate symptoms from brain trauma
- Neurological testing is subjective in diagnosing brain trauma
- Cognitive impairments on neuropsychological testing have to have fit a predictable pattern
- Children who suffer a TBI will always get better
- Mild TBIs are not permanent
- Mild TBIs are not disabling
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Concussion: the most common type of brain trauma, both closed and open head injuries can result in concussions. They are often caused by impacts to the head, violent shaking of the head, or whiplash type movements.
- Contusion: A contusion is a direct result of an impact to the head resulting in severe bruising or bleeding of the brain. Large contusions often require surgery
- Coup-Countercoup: This is a result of two contusions on both sides of the brain. The first contusion is a result of the initial impact to the head. The second contusion is a result of the head being hit with such force that the brain slams against the other side of the skull.
- Diffuse Axonal: This occurs when the brain lags behind movement of the skull, thus tearing parts of the brain. This often is a result of an intense shaking or twisting of the head, such as a car accident. A diffuse axonal injury to the brain can cause severe problems and even death.
- Penetration: An injury that forces matter from the skull into the brain. It is a result of a gunshot wound, stabbing wound, or any other sharp object. Often these types of brain injuries can result in death.
Sudden Attention to Brain TraumaThe most popular professional sports league in America, the N.F.L., has been making headlines lately for settling with a group of former players. The suit will provide them with compensation for medical bills and other needs if a player currently suffers, or later develops, a severe neurological condition as a result of repeated TBIs.
These unfortunate former football players are experiencing, for the first time, the severe effects of untreated or misdiagnosed, repeated closed head injuries. These repeated injuries have resulted in dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, severe depression. It is tragic that the suffering of our former gridiron heroes is what finally made the public pay attention to severity of closed head injuries.
Contact Dolman Law GroupIn the event of a possible head trauma, one is often rushed to the nearest emergency room. Hopefully the emergency room doctor runs all the standard procedures and tests in place to diagnose a TBI. Even so, MRIs and CT scans will not always provide the conclusive evidence needed to confidently diagnose a TBI.
As Clearwater brain injury attorneys, we are up to date on the best technologies and tests for TBIs available in Florida, and will ensure that you receive the proper care and treatment when dealing with TBI.
The Dolman Law Group consistently deals with insurance adjusters, Florida insurance defense lawyers and even physicians who are unfamiliar with TBI and the relationship between a potential closed head injury and whiplash. Many practitioners are mistakenly under the assumption that the head must strike an object to cause trauma to the brain. It is essential to retain a Florida injury law attorney who is not only familiar with TBIs but also the latest science in this rapidly evolving area of medicine.
The brain injury law attorneys at Dolman Law Group are experienced with the tactics employed by insurance carriers and defense lawyers in combating such claims. We have clients who have suffered significant brain injury and did not suffer any impact to the head or even lose consciousness. An insurance carrier would try to discredit an injury in that type of situation. We will not let that happen to someone who has suffered a serious injury.
Dolman Law Group is a Pinellas County and Manatee County personal injury law firm that routinely handles claims and litigates cases involving closed head injuries as a result of an automobile accident or motorcycle accident. We actively litigate auto accident and motorcycle accident related cases in Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Sarasota County, Manatee County and Pasco County. Located in central Pinellas County (Clearwater), Dolman Law Group is easily accessible to injury victims in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, New Port Richey, Pinellas Park, Largo and Kenneth City.
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