Types and Severity of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
Traumatic brain injuries, caused by head trauma that damages your brain, range from mild to severe. Brain injuries are more common than you may think: more than 1.4 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, many of them in preventable accidents caused by someone else's negligence.
At Kalfus & Nachman, our Norfolk brain injury lawyers provide financial and emotional support for victims and victims’ families. We know how difficult it can be to get your life back after an injury, which is why we do everything in our power to ensure that you are fairly compensated for the damages you have suffered.
Penetrating and Closed Head Brain Injuries
TBIs fall into two categories: penetrating and closed head. With a penetrating injury, a foreign object punctures the skull, causing damage to the brain. Closed head injuries are caused by trauma to the head that drives the brain into your skull. These are often caused by motor vehicle accidents (whiplash), blows to the head, and contact sports. These injuries can be further classified by severity, and may be either mild, moderate, or severe. Regardless of severity, it is important to remember that any injury to the brain should be considered serious. Failing to promptly treat a brain injury can have life-altering consequences or may even be fatal.
Severity of TBIs
Mild TBIs are the most common type, but just because they are common does not mean that they are not serious injuries. A person may not lose consciousness with a mild TBI, so these injuries are often misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. Severe TBIs can cause you to lose consciousness for anywhere from 20 minutes to putting you in a coma for weeks or months. Symptoms of both TBIs range from headaches and memory loss to seizures and cognitive impairments. If left untreated, a brain injury can have lasting consequences, potentially preventing the victim from working in the same capacity as before their accident and requiring a lifetime of special care.
Help for Brain Injury Victims in Virginia
If you have suffered a TBI and you live in the Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach or Roanoke, Virginia area, please contact the Virginia brain injury lawyers at Kalfus & Nachman to schedule a free consultation.