According to the most recent information available from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), each year approximately 1.5 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI). 50,000 of those people die as a result of the TBI and another 85,000 people live with the long term effects of their injuries. While the vast majority of TBIs don’t result in death or long term impairment as defined by the CDC, they can cause serious injuries nonetheless.
Open and Closed Head Injuries
TBIs occur as a result of an impact between a person’s skull and another hard object. These injuries are often classified by closed or open head injuries.
Closed head injuries are the most common TBI and they typically don’t involve visible injuries to the head or neck, but may include some scraping or bruising. The most common closed head injury is a concussion. While the damage may not be easily visible, serious trauma can occur with these injuries that may result in:
- Loss of memory
- Post concussive syndrome
- Personality changes
- Increased risk of permanent injury
Open head injuries, are more visible as they involve a break in the skull and the exposure of the brain matter or the introduction of a foreign object into the brain as a result of the injury. Because the delicate brain tissue is exposed they often involve very serious consequences including:
- Permanently impaired cognitive ability
- Permanently impaired physical function
- Loss of one or more of the five senses
- Changes in mood and behavior
Mild and Severe Head Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can also be classified as “mild” or “severe.” Mild injuries involve a short loss of consciousness or confusion and disorientation (lasting less than 30 minutes). Severe injuries are classified as involving confusion and disorientation or a loss of consciousness that lasts longer than 30 minutes.
A Multipronged Approach
The devastating effects of head injuries can’t always be seen in x-rays or MRIs because these injuries affect the most complicated and most sensitive part of the human body. When pursuing a case for a TBI we often work closely with medical experts to help our clients present the strongest case possible. We have ongoing relationships with a variety of TBI experts including:
- Medical providers
- Vocational rehabilitation specialists
- Physical therapists
- Home health aides
Working with these experts, we can present evidence to prove the nature and full extent of the injury, ensuring you and/or your family receive premium results. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, we encourage you to contact us today to discuss your case and ensure your rights are protected.