In the amount of time it takes to count to twenty, someone in the United States is suffering from a traumatic brain injury. Of these people, many of them may have been involved in an automobile accident. Imagine for a moment; you are driving your car on the highway at 70 miles per hour and are struck by another vehicle, thus causing your car to stop dead in its tracks. Although your car may have stopped, your brain keeps on moving until it smashes against your skull at 70 miles per hour. Often times this impact will result in the tearing of blood vessels leading to uncontrollable bleeding.
This uncontrollable bleeding from your blood vessels will cause the pressure in your head to build up preventing the brain from properly functioning. As a result, the person may lose control of their breathing or heart rate turning the accident into a life or death situation.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an automobile accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury, you may be eligible to receive compensation for loss of wages, medical bills, and damages to property.
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Common Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are several types of traumatic brain injuries that can occur during an automobile accident. Often times these injuries will alter the course of the victims life due to both mental and physical problems associated with these types of injuries.
The two common types of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Primary Brain Damage
- Bruises (Contusions)
- Blood Clots (Hematomas)
- Changes in breathing pattern
- Nerve Damage
- Skull fracture
- Secondary Brain Damage
- Abnormal blood coagulation
- Changes in Heart Rate
- High or low carbon dioxide
- Increased pressure
- Lower sodium
- Swelling (Brain edema)
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation. At Greg Coleman Law we have the experience and knowledge to put to use for you today. By completing and submitting the Free Case Review form on this page, you will receive a free case evaluation to see if you are eligible to make a legal claim.
Physical and Communication Problems after a Traumatic Brain Injury
If you or someone close to you has been affected by a traumatic brain injury, you will likely recognize certain symptoms. In some instances physical signs associated with a traumatic brain injury include ringing of the ears, loss of hearing, nausea, headaches, seizures, dizziness, vomiting, reduced sense for taste and smell, blurred vision, and poor strength and coordination.
In addition to these physical symptoms, it is common for individuals suffering from a traumatic brain injury to experience cognitive and communication problems as well. Of course, these problems depend on the location and severity of the brain damage. In many instances traumatic brain injury survivors will have trouble expressing their ideas, and it may take a lot of effort for them to understand what is being said to them. They may also have trouble communicating in social situations.
A few common cognitive and communication problems include:
- Keeping up with conversations
- Keeping on topic of conversations
- Ability to take turns in conversations
- Inability to recognize subtleties of conversations
- Inability to recognize facial expressions or body language
- Inability to use correct tone of voice
Many post traumatic brain injury individuals may seem as though they are overreacting or emotionless during conversations, which can be frustrating to family and friends who knew them prior to their injury. It is best to take the time to understand these symptoms in order to better communicate with people in your life who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury.
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Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnostics
The severity of a traumatic brain injury can be determined by an individual taking a neuropsychological assessment. This neuropsychological assessment evaluates human brain behavior by a patient performing task oriented assessments. These assessments will evaluate both the basic sensory motor process and higher cognitive functions.
Once completed, a neuropsychologist will review the results, case history, and hospital records. They will then interview the accident victim and that individuals family and close friends regarding what that individual was like prior to the accident.
Testing for a Traumatic Brain Injury Typically Includes:
- Attention span
- Emotional characteristics
- Mathematical reasoning skills
- Motor abilities
- New learning
- Organizational thinking skills
- Problem solving skills
- Psychological adjustments
- Sensory awareness
- Special perception
After these tests have been completed, medical professionals will gather the data and determine the best treatment options for tis individual. This will typically consist of therapy and support from close friends and family. It should also be noted that individuals suffering from traumatic brain injuries may remain unchanged even after therapy is completed, depending on the severity of the brain injury.
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Contact an Experienced Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney Today
As responsible members of our communities in Tennessee, we believe that the negligent act of another individual falls on that person to be held accountable for their actions.
With our primary office located in Knox County, TN, we offer our support in helping auto collision victims and those suffering from traumatic brain injuries as a result. We are licensed to practice law across the entire state of Tennessee and have won hundreds of millions of dollars in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients. We will provide you with the knowledge and experience necessary to handle your auto injury litigation.
For additional information about our services, please contact a Knoxville injury lawyer from Greg Coleman Law at (865) 247-0080 and a member of our intake team will collect details for your case and refer you to one of our experienced attorneys.
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