Serious brain injuries may include a concussion, contusion, diffuse axonal injury, traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage, or hematoma. Oftentimes, after an accident, a victim will suffer many of these different types of brain injuries at once, with different degrees of severity.
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Common Causes of Brain Injuries
The common causes of brain injuries include some sort of traumatic blow to the head. Some typical examples of brain injuries include falls, car accidents, violence of any kind, sports injuries, explosive blasts, or combat injuries.
Brain injuries are often described as Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI, and they are common injuries after a catastrophic accident. Depending on the TBI, symptoms may differ, however, they often include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory loss
- Inability to concentrate
- Emotional changes such as irritability or anger, depression, seizures, visual problems, vomiting, or sleep changes
Complications of Brain Injuries
Some physical complications that can occur after a brain injury may include seizures, hydrocephalus (fluid buildup in the brain), infections, blood vessel damage, severe headaches, and vertigo. Prolonged or permanent changes including coma, vegetative state, minimally conscious state, or brain death can occur following a brain injury. If you were involved in any kind of accident, any physical, emotional, or mental changes should be examined by a doctor as soon as possible.
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Diagnosing a Traumatic Brain Injury
A doctor must first determine what type of brain injury exists and its severity. One of the types of diagnostic tests a doctor will rely upon is the Glasgow Coma Scale for those who may be suffering from brain injuries. This diagnostic scale measures a victim’s ability to speak, open their eyes, and move. Once this test is performed, a medical professional will determine if any further diagnostic testing or procedures are needed for the patient.
If the doctor determines that additional testing is necessary, they may order a computerized tomography (CT scan) or a magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI). In certain circumstances, a doctor will order Intracranial pressure monitoring (ICP) for a patient that may exhibit symptoms of swelling in the brain.
Brain Injury Treatment
The good news is that oftentimes many victims suffering from different types of brain injuries will simply need time to heal. Oftentimes, anti-inflammatory and pain medicine along with rest will help a brain injury patient. However, if a more severe brain injury is diagnosed, then a patient may need to stay in the hospital in the intensive care unit to monitor any possible swelling in the brain. Other brain injury patients may need to have a ventilator, feeding tube, or be monitored through an electroencephalogram (EEG). In the most severe cases, surgery will be necessary to reduce swelling or damage to the brain.
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If you were involved in an accident due to someone else’s negligence and suffered a brain injury of any kind, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 to help you determine if you have the right to receive compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.