Head injuries are classified in two different ways:
Closed Head Injury
This is when the head sustains blunt force trauma by striking or being struck by an object. An example of a closed brain injury would be a person falling down and striking their head against the ground.
Penetrating Head Injury
This type of injury occurs when then an object breaks through the skull and enters the brain. An example of a penetrating brain injury would be a person involved in a car accident that has a piece of debris striking them in the head and breaking through the skull.
Some brain injuries can cause bleeding inside the brain (intracranial hematoma) or high pressure inside the brain that can damage the nerves (diffuse axonal injury). If these injuries are not treated promptly and properly they can result in long term, non-reversible brain damage.
Symptoms of a brain injury or TBI:
- Blurred vision
- Pupil changes
- Altered consciousness
- Loss of consciousness
- Stiff neck
- Slurred speech
- Fluid draining from nose, ears or mouth
- Open wound on head
Recovery from a serious brain injury or TBI can be a slow, difficult and frustrating process. The science involved in both the immediate treatment of brain injuries and the long term care and rehabilitation of those with brain injuries is an ever evolving and improving field. Different sections of the brain control different functions of our bodies. Depending on which part of the brain was injured and the severity of the injury any number of specialists and therapists may be involved in the treatment, recovery and long term care of the injured person.
Due to the complex nature of brain injuries or TBI insurance companies may be difficult to deal with. In the past some insurance carriers have argued that the injured person suffered physiological problems before their injury that is causing their symptoms now. They have been known to go as far back as grade school records in an effort to find a reason to deny care.
Because of this, it is important to include an expert early in the care of someone who has suffered a brain injury. An attorney that is familiar with brain injuries or TBI can help navigate the complex maze many insurance companies will put up. Allow the attorney to deal with the legal aspects of the care so you and your family can focus on the health and wellbeing of the injured person.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury or TBI please contact LA Injury Group, Inc. here on our contact form or call us toll free at 1-888-500-1006.