Brain Injury Lawyers
Norfolk, Newport News, and Roanoke, Virginia
Types and Severity of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the result of your brain being damaged by physical trauma. A TBI can be caused by a blow to your head, or occur if an object penetrates your skull and disrupts the normal function of your brain. In the United States, more than 1.4 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year.
At the Virginia law firm of Kalfus & Nachman, our brain injury lawyers work closely with victims and their families to provide financial, medical, and emotional support for people who have suffered a TBI.
Types of Brain Injuries
The two major types of TBIs are:
- Penetrating Brain Injuries: With these injuries, an object pierces your skull and damages a certain area of your brain. One severe type of penetrating brain injury is a perforating injury, where the object passes through your skull, leaving an exit wound. These injuries range from mild to severe.
- Closed Head Brain Injuries: This type of injury is generally caused by a blow to your head. Car accidents, slip and falls or any sudden abrupt motion that drives your brain against your skull can cause a closed head injury. With this brain injury, there is no object that pierces your brain. Like penetrating injuries, these also range from mild to severe.
Severity of Brain Injuries
The severity of a TBI depends on the location and extent of damage your brain suffers.
Mild TBI: If you have suffered a mild brain injury, you may not lose conscious, or only remain unconscious for several seconds. Other symptoms of mild brain injuries include:
- Blurred vision or tired eyes
- Ringing ears
- Bad taste in your mouth
- Changes in mood and/or behavior
- Trouble remembering
- Difficulty concentration
- Being easily distracted
Moderate to Severe TBI: If you have suffered a moderate to severe brain injury, you will often see the same symptoms as a mild TBI, but to a greater degree. You may also experience:
- Persistent headaches that will not fade
- Weakness or numbness in your extremities
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
- Convulsions or seizures
- The inability to awaken from sleep
- Slurred speech
- Loss of coordination
- Increased confusion
- Restlessness or agitation
If you have been in an accident that caused a traumatic brain injury and you live in the Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach or Roanoke, Virginia areas, please contact the Virginia personal injury lawyers at Kalfus & Nachman today to arrange your free consultation.