Brain Injury: A Possible Serious Effect of Negligence

Any kind of accident that will cause a severe impact on the brain and alter the way it functions is a valid cause of fear to many. Records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show more than 50,000 deaths, and about 1.7 million with the inclusion of emergency department visits and hospitalizations, due to brain injuries or (more correctly) traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is extremely serious. It is an injury that commonly results from a car accident, though there are various other causes of it, according to the CDC. These other causes include falls, accidents involving bicycles and other non-motorized pedal cycles, falls, explosions (especially in war zones or industrial workplaces), a violent blow to the head, sporting accidents, and a gunshot wound on the head. TBI happens when a sudden jolt or violent blow is dealt on the head and causes the brain to smash onto the skull’s internal wall, bruising it and/or making it bleed, or tearing and damaging brain nerve fibers or tissues.

The severity of a traumatic brain injury ranges from mild to severe. Mild TBI, which is much more prevalent than severe TBI, is also known as concussion, minor head trauma, or minor head/brain injury; this usually results to disorientation, confusion, loss of memory and/or loss of consciousness for no longer than 30 minutes. Some of its symptoms include headaches, visual disturbances, poor concentration or attention, dizziness or loss of balance, emotional disturbances, seizures, nausea, sensitivity to sounds and light, slowness in thinking, and mood changes. Mild TBI does not immediately manifest itself, however, once the symptoms (which sometimes take days or weeks before they actually appear)begin to show, these may affect a person for a year or more.

A severe traumatic brain injury, on the other hand, can result to functional disability, partial or total psychosocial impairment, or both. Individuals who sustain this kind of injury can suffer impairments in their language, sensory, reasoning, judgment, cognition, physical functions, psychosocial behavior, speech, perceptual and motor abilities, and information processing, abstract thinking ability and problem-solving abilities.

TBI also makes a person more predisposed to other serious injuries, like epilepsy, diseases affecting the respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Sometimes, no matter how you observe care in everything that you do, an accident may still occur due to the reckless or negligent behavior of another person. An injury that is sustained in an accident caused by another negligent individual is called a personal injury.

An injury, whether mild or severe, always significantly impacts the life of a victim. Besides the serious physical and emotional trauma it can cause, it can also lead to income losses due to inability to work and the time spent to recover from the effects of the injury and costly medical bills.

As a victim of personal injury it is always good to be represented by a San Diego personal injury lawyer who has extensive experience in civil lawsuits and is highly-competent. Make sure you choose your legal counsel well. Look for those who offer free consultations and make you feel comfortable with them. A good lawyer will keep you updated on the progress of your case as well.