Brain Injury FAQs
What is traumatic brain injury (TBI?)
A “mild” TBI is characterized by temporary loss of consciousness, change of mental state, or variations in mood or behavior. “Severe” TBIs can lead to longer periods of unconsciousness, mental health issues, and death.
How common is traumatic brain injury?
What causes TBI?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Center for Injury Prevention and Control list the leading causes of TBI as:
- Falls (28%)
- Motor vehicle-traffic accidents (20%)
- Struck by/against events (19%)
- Assaults (11%)
Is a traumatic brain injury always dangerous?
How can I tell if I have TBI?
- Loss of consciousness
- Severe headache
- Inability to move after suffering a blow to the head
What are the possible long-term effects and costs of TBI?
TBI may be responsible for a wide range of changes in the individual’s physical and mental health including:
- Complete or partial paralysis
- Sensory loss or impairment
- Loss of sexual function
- Memory problems
- Learning difficulties
TBI can affect any of the brain’s activities and functions over the long term, including language, movement, thinking, and emotions. These effects may get better or worse over time. Patients may even need long-term assistance to perform daily tasks.
Long-term medical care and daily assistance are very expensive, especially when the TBI patient is unable to work due to his or her injury. Nationally, TBI-related costs add up to tens of billions of dollars. Therefore, you may need a lawyer with knowledge of brain injury cases to help you get compensation now for these long-term costs.
It is not just the TBI patient who suffers in cases where long-term medical care is needed. The financial pressures on family members from supporting a long-term TBI patient can be devastating. Moreover, the psychological and behavioral changes associated with brain injuries may put stress on even the healthiest family relationships.
What is the impact on the family of a traumatic brain injury victim?
Does one have to lose consciousness to suffer a traumatic brain injury?
When should I seek medical attention for a blow to the head?
What are the symptoms of a brain injury?
- Visual problems
- Concentration problems
- Memory problems
- Difficulty with verbal control