Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries

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When you have been injured in an accident and sought medical treatment, oftentimes your doctor will describe your injuries using medical terms of art which are difficult to understand.  One such term is “TBI” or traumatic brain injury. A traumatic brain injury is caused by a bump or jolt to the head or neck area which disrupts normal brain function. After an accident, it is important to fully understand not only the mechanism of injury, but also available treatment.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injuries or “TBI” is a catastrophic medical condition that often effects people on multiple levels, including physically, psychologically, or even socially.  Because TBI involves the brain, a TBI can affect every aspect of the human condition.

There are generally two types of TBI: open head injuries and closed head injuries.  An open head TBI is just what it sounds like, instances where there has been an impact to the head which results in the skull being cracked or penetrated.  A closed head TBI, however, is not something which can be identified easily with the naked eye. In the instance of a closed head TBI, due to a jolt or impact, the brain slams against the inside of the skull and then bounces to the opposite side of the skull.

Both open head and close head injuries can significantly impact and impair your day-to-day life if proper medical treatment is not sought.

Treating a Traumatic Brain Injury

After an accident, it is always important to immediately seek medical care—especially if your head or neck was impacted.  When injured, the brain often swells. If left untreated, the brain could continue to swell and, if there is no room left in the skull, the brain may begin to push on your eye sockets resulting in a pinched optic nerve.

Depending on the severity of your brain injury, your physician may treat your TBI in different ways.  Treatment can range from bedrest to surgical intervention.

Why Should I contact Patrick Daniel Law after a TBI?

If you have been injured in an accident, it is important to immediately seek medical treatment, as well as contact us.  Often, medical professionals, especially in an emergency situation, focus on the symptoms and problems immediately before them.  The attorneys at Patrick Daniel Law do not just focus on your immediate needs, but rather focus on finding treatment options available to you for your long-term recovery and success.

Please do not attempt to determine if you have a compensable case. You must consult a relevant liability attorney who has the expertise and extensive knowledge necessary to determine who ultimately caused the harm and injuries you or a loved one suffered. Contact us for a free case evaluation here. Whether you are in Houston or any other part of the country, we stand ready to answer your questions and guide you through this difficult process. .

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