Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain injuries sustained in an accident are often referred to as traumatic brain injuries. Most often they are classified as closed head injuries, which means there was a direct blow to the skull, the hard bone surrounding the brain, but the bone is not broken. However, in extreme cases the blow to the head, or an object contacting the head,  causes the sculptor fracture. These are among the most significant brain injuries, often leading to long-term care around-the-clock and/or death.

One of the most difficult aspects of establishing a brain injury is the fact that most CT scans and MRI scans do not reveal any abnormalities. In some cases it is necessary to have clients undergo more advanced,  neuroimaging studies such as SPECT and DTI. However, even in some of these cases just do not reveal any abnormalities in the brain.

Traumatic brain injuries are often broken down into several different categories: hemorrhage; stroke; subdural; epidural and subarachnoid hematoma; diffuse axonal injury; etc.

An important aspect of handling traumatic brain injuries is the recognition that the injury leaves the brain in a more vulnerable position to repeat trauma. In the past few years several courageous athletes have devoted their brain for educational purposes. In every single football players brain study it was determined they former plaintiff suffered from traumatic brain encephalopathy as a result of the repetitive trauma over their football career.

Even though most traumatic brain injuries are referred to as “mild”, there is nothing mild about the effect of the injury on the injured person's lifestyle. In almost every case the injured person exhibits one or more of the following symptoms: headache; dizziness; nausea; short-term memory loss; irritability; sensitivity to light; blurred vision. Over time most of these symptoms will resolve. However, in more severe brain injury cases persons are never able to obtain any degree of meaningful employment and will require medical care, sometimes at a cost of millions of dollars, over the remainder of their life.