No one wants to hear that they have suffered a traumatic brain injury. This immediately brings to mind worries about the future and how the injury will impact it. It also brings a lot of questions to the forefront. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to an accident in which someone else was at fault, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation or read on to get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
What Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries Are There?
There are two main categories of traumatic brain injuries: mild brain injuries and severe brain injuries. Know that a “mild” brain injury is still a serious injury. Generally, these are referred to as concussions. Severe brain injuries can be closed in which the skull stays intact, or penetrating, in which a penetrating object actually penetrates the brain. Either way, brain surgery is often required.
What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Depending on what part of the brain was injured, a traumatic brain injury can cause just about any kind of issue, whether physical, cognitive, or emotional. Some of the most common examples including difficulty thinking, confusion, moodiness, issues with sleep (whether getting too much sleep or not getting enough), headache, nausea, vision issues, or irritability. ‘
Do Brain Injuries Ever Heal?
Some do, yes. The brain is actually very capable of healing itself in many situations. Some people recovery fully very quickly. Others might take longer to heal, or might have long-term issues. These can include:
- Decreased cognitive function. Examples include a short attention span or poor memory.
- Decreased motor function. Examples include feeling week, having impaired balance, or impaired coordination.
- Decreased sensory perception. This includes issues with vision, hearing, and touch.
- Emotional issues. A person with a brain injury might experience short- or long-term depression, frustration, anxiety, aggression, inability to control their impulses, and other changes to their personality.
These are just some of the ways a person can experience long-term consequences from their brain injury.
Can a Blow to the Head Cause a Brain Injury?
Yes. Any violent, abrupt motion could cause the brain to essentially bounce around inside the skull. This results in serious injury and is how people who experience whiplash end up with concussions. This can be a particularly dangerous type of brain injury because there is no outward sign of injury and the victim might not even realize they are injured.
If you have suffered any type of head injury, we urge you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation. We can go over the specifics of your case and help you find the best way forward.