One of the most devastating types of injuries sustained by Americans involved in accidents are brain injuries. Each year, there are around 1.7 million deaths, hospitalizations, or emergency room visits throughout the country that are directly related to traumatic brain injury (TBI). The Phoenix, Arizona, area is no exception to this rule. Brain injuries are very serious and can occur as the result of automobile accidents, as well as a number of other causes. A person can also sustain a brain injury from a simple fall, playing certain contact sports, and accidents at work. Generally, any type of trauma to the head or neck can result in a brain injury if it causes the brain to swell, bleed, bruise, or tear.
Because a TBI can impair a person’s cognitive abilities or physical functioning, most people cannot ever fully recover from a traumatic brain injury. They may have problems moving, regulating their emotions, or trusting their senses. Some victims experience changes in personality. These permanent changes cause significant and expensive changes in a person’s life, from hospital and medical bills, to home health assistance, or moving into an assisted care facility.
If you or your family is facing these changes because of someone else’s illegal or reckless behavior, you may consult the Phoenix brain injury attorneys at Zanes Law to determine the best way to hold that person responsible before the law.
TBIs are caused by an external physical force, such as being struck in the head or hitting one’s head on a hard surface. TBI does not refer to brain injuries that are hereditary, degenerative, or caused by birth trauma, drugs, alcohol or other toxic substances, or diseases.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 5.3 million Americans who have suffered a traumatic brain injury need help performing daily tasks.
In general, there are two types of brain injuries a person can sustain: open or closed. An open injury is the type of brain injury that occurs when the skull has been fractured. With this type of injury, the individual fell or was involved in some sort of accident that resulted in his or her head coming into contact with a hard surface. A closed injury is one in which the skull does not sustain a fracture. However, this type of brain injury can be even more serious than the former because it can include swelling and blood clots. Regardless of whether a brain injury is open or closed, in the most extreme cases, it can result in loss of consciousness, paralysis, and even death.
Mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) are one examples of a brain injury that is considered a closed head injury. This type of injury is often caused by sports or other recreation. Football concussions are among the most common MBTIs. However, repeated blows to the head or a more severe head injury can become more serious. Another example of a closed head injury is caused by shaking, as in shaken baby syndrome. Finally, a concussion, whether it be a mild or severe concussion, is another example of a closed head injury. Closed-head brain injuries (CHBI) happen when a person’s head is impacted from an outside force (like a wall or a rock) but the skull does not fracture or displace. CHBIs are a problem because the brain swells but has no place to expand, which causes brain tissues to compress and further complications. CHBIs are one of the least commonly detected brain injuries, but one of the most ominous since a bruised brain may never completely recover.
A Penetration injury – a TBI that results from impact from a bullet, knife or other sharp object that pushes hair, skin and bone fragments into the brain is an examples of an open head injury. Another example is when a blow to the head is so severe that it fractures a persons skull.
This type of injury occurs when the brain is deprived of air. While many ABIs are not the result of negligence, such as birth complications, epilepsy or seizures, some ABIs may be sports related. For example, defective SCUBA equipment can deprive the brain of oxygen. Instances such as these may involve negligence that caused the injury.
When a person is involved in an accident, it is often difficult to tell whether they have suffered a brain injury. There are no immediate, visible signs when you sustain a brain injury, especially if there are no wounds on the head. Nevertheless, there are certain signs to look out for that can signify that someone might be suffering from a brain injury. These signs include the following:
If you or someone close to you experiences any of these symptoms after being involved in an accident or after suffering an injury, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately. In some cases, people can experience brain injuries while feeling as though they’re perfectly fine. Getting a medical evaluation is necessary in order to rule out such a serious injury.
Brain bruising is a very common type of brain injury that can manifest after a fall, especially as a result of playing contact sports and or being in a car accident. The brain can bruise and even bleed due to the sheer force of being violently pushed forward and backward.
Tearing is another common type of brain injury. Car accidents and blunt force trauma can lead to a tear in the brain. This tear can result in nerves within the brain becoming damaged and can lead to impairment of certain functions.
No matter what type of trauma the brain suffers, swelling normally occurs. Swelling is a natural part of the body’s healing. But brain swelling can be problematic because the brain is encased in the skull and has no room to expand. Brain swelling can lead to intracranial pressure, which can result in the impairment of bodily functions and can even be fatal.
According to the Brain Injury Association of California, over 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year in the United states – leading to:
If you have suffered a brain injury in an accident in the Phoenix area, it’s important to have an experienced Arizona brain injury lawyer on your side fighting for your rights. In many instances, when people sustain this type of injury, they need extended time off from work to undergo substantial medical care and therapy in order to recuperate. Sometimes people with brain injuries never fully recover, meaning they need considerable compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering, and other damages.
A personal injury attorney can help you if you choose to pursue a claim. He or she can determine whether your case should focus on another person’s negligence or if you have a product liability case. In the former, another person’s carelessness caused your brain injury. In the latter, a defective product caused it.
If you choose to pursue legal action for a brain injury in Phoenix, Arizona, get in touch with Zanes Law Injury Lawyers as soon as you can.
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