Your head is one of the most vulnerable parts of your body. An accident or fall can cause an injury to the head which can lead to a traumatic brain injury, TBI. Head injuries can occur in a number of different ways. Vehicle collisions, bicycle crashes, falls, sports injuries and construction site accidents are among the most common ways that the head can be injured. An injury to the head requires immediate medical treatment. If a severe injury occurs it can cause severe and permanent damage. If the injury was the result of negligence on the part of another, you may need consult with a qualified Savannah personal injury attorney.
Head injuries, like injuries to other parts of the body, can range from mild to severe. A head injury can be either a closed or open. An open injury means that the skin or skull is penetrated due to the injury. Closed head injuries can me more difficult to diagnose because there may be no outward appearance of them.
The brain is protected under the skull but when there is a sudden force or trauma the brain can be hurt. This can happen from a direct blow to the head or from a sudden jerking motion such as can occur in a car crash. The brain may hit against the skull with great force causing a bruise with bleeding and swelling. Mild cases are called concussions. If the injury is more severe it could cause extremely severe damage to the brain.
Medical Care for a Traumatic Brain Injury
Any injury to the head needs to be considered a medical emergency and needs to be diagnosed quickly. The doctor will examine the head and do tests to determine the extent of damage to the brain. Bleeding on the brain is the biggest concern in these types of cases. Even a mild blow to the head could result in bleeding that could cause permanent damage or become life threatening.
In some instances surgery is required to open the skull to allow room for swelling to take place. Without medical intervention the brain would have nowhere to expand and death could occur. When bleeding and swelling happen they cut off oxygen to the affected parts of the brain. Lack of oxygen causes those areas to die and lose function. If important areas of the brain are affected the person could suffer permanent brain damage.
Once the immediate danger is over the doctor will assess damage. Patients could suffer minimal harm or the traumatic brain injury could be severe and permanent. The damage depends on many factors such as the location of the impact and how quickly medical care was provided. When pressure on the brain is relieved more quickly the outcome is likely to be better.
Traumatic brain injuries can occur to people of all ages. They are extremely serious injuries and may require medical care and treatment for the rest of your life. The costs for this treatment can be astronomical and the person is deprived of a normal life. Victims of TBI and their families may be entitled to compensation for damages. If your loved one suffered a TBI contact the legal team at The Bader Law Firm for a consultation today.