Living with Traumatic Brain Injury after a Motor Vehicle Accident

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Mar 16, 2016 11:30:00 AM

After broken bones, lacerations and other visible auto accident injuries heal, a serious head injury can continue to impact a person’s mental and emotional health for years to come. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects millions of people every year, and many cases are linked to automobile-related incidents. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that motor vehicle crashes were the third overall leading cause of TBI cases that occurred in the U.S. between 2006 and 2010.

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TBI disrupts the brain’s normal function. It is typically caused by a sudden and violent blow to the head or an object that penetrates the skull. The severity of a TBI may range from mild (called a concussion), to severe – which may be followed by an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss, according to the CDC.

A person can sustain a TBI during a crash when the head hits the steering wheel, windshield or something else inside the vehicle. Trauma can occur even if there is no open wound in the head, as the sheer force of the collision can cause the brain to strike the interior of the skull. This can cause brain bruising and/or bleeding, which may not be detected without a physician’s diagnosis.

Long-term deficits caused by TBI, according to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, may include:

  • Behavioral changes: Sufferers may have difficultly with appropriately expressing emotions. They may experience agitation or combativeness as well as issues with anxiety and depression.
  • Cognitive deficits: Those with a TBI may experience changes in their ability to complete tasks as well as changes in reasoning, problem solving and learning new things.
  • Communication impairments: Unusual difficulty may arise with spelling, reading and writing.

Responsible parties must be held accountable when their negligence leads a person to sustain a TBI. Anapol Weiss has successfully represented many adults and children who suffer from the long-term effects of a brain injury after an auto accident. If it happened to you or a loved one, we can help.

Contact our firm for assistance if your injuries were caused by someone else’s carelessness. We can investigate the situation and answer your questions.

 

Topics: Concussion, Traumatic Brain Injury

Underscoring TBI Complications during Brain Injury Awareness Month

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Mar 2, 2016 11:30:00 AM

TBI_Awareness.jpgAbout 137 people in the U.S. die every day as a result of a TBI-related injury. To help raise awareness and reach out to those living with the effects of TBI, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the nation in observing March as Brain Injury Awareness Month.

This year’s campaign theme is “Not Alone,” which provides an educational platform about the incidence of TBI and the needs of those affected. The campaign also aims to “… de-stigmatize the injury, empower those who have survived, and promote the many types of support that are available.”

TBI is associated with serious and often permanent health problems. Possible TBI complications, according to Medscape, may include the following:

  • Posttraumatic seizures after moderate or severe TBI
  • Abnormal gait
  • Agitation
  • Hydrocephalus: excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain
  • Blood clot conditions such as deep vein thrombosis
  • Heterotopic ossification: the abnormal presence of bone in soft tissue
  • Spasticity
  • Gastrointestinal and genitourinary complications

Long-term physical, cognitive, and behavioral impairments are the factors that most commonly limit a person’s reintegration into the community and employment. These issues include:

  • Cognitive decline
  • Insomnia
  • Posttraumatic depression, anxiety, substance abuse, aggressive outbursts, and an impaired ability to regulate emotional expression
  • Posttraumatic headache ranging from tension-type to migraine-like headaches

Complications are not limited to health-related effects, however. The BIAA urges that many people are additionally affected when someone sustains a brain injury. These people include the survivors’ immediate family, spouses, extended family and friends. Further, healthcare providers, insurance companies, educators, employers and others can also be affected.

TBI can forever change patients’ lives and the lives of those around them. When a preventable TBI results from another person’s carelessness, those responsible must be held accountable. Contact our firm for assistance if you or someone in your care sustained a brain injury caused by negligence. We can investigate the situation and answer your legal questions.

 

Topics: Concussion, Traumatic Brain Injury

The Causes and Challenges of Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Feb 12, 2016 3:30:00 PM

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of injury, disability and death in the U.S. and affects millions of people every year.

TBI is a contributing factor in about 30 percent of all injury-related deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When a TBI isn’t fatal, resulting effects – such as impaired thinking, movement, sensation and/or emotional function – can linger for a few days, or they can become lifelong disabilities.

traumatic_brain_injury.jpgA person can sustain a TBI when the head violently hits an object or when the head is violently rotated from impact to other parts of the body (like when a whiplash occurs). TBI symptoms can range from mild to severe depending on the extent of the brain damage that occurs.

Common causes of TBI include:

  • Falls
  • Unintentional blunt trauma
  • Motor vehicle-related incidents
  • Violent assaults
  • Sports injuries

TBI-related disabilities depend on the severity and location of the injury as well as the age and overall health of the individual, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Those who have TBI-related disabilities are not the only ones who are affected – consequences can result in all aspects of a person’s life. In addition to affecting relationships with family and friends, TBI complications can affect a person’s ability to work, drive, and/or complete everyday tasks.

Many cases of TBI result from the negligence of others or a defect in a product. When these preventable injuries leave a person with lasting health problems, those responsible must be held accountable. Contact our firm if you or someone in your care sustained a TBI as a result of someone else’s carelessness. We can investigate the situation and answer any legal questions you may have.

 

Topics: Concussion, Traumatic Brain Injury

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