Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when some type of force impacts the head and brain. While some traumatic brain injuries result from this force penetrating the skull and directly piercing the brain, in other cases, it’s simply enough for the impact to bruise the brain by, for example, the brain hitting the side of the skull.
Depending on the strength of the force, as well as the part of the brain that is injured, TBIs can range from being mild, fleeting and treatable to being severe and irreversible. For example, while mild traumatic brain injuries like concussions will typically not have lasting effects, more serious cases of TBIs can result in permanent damage to a person’s ability to speak, think, move or walk and/or otherwise coordinate his actions.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
Some of the specific events that may cause a person to sustain a traumatic brain injury include (but are not limited to):
- Traffic accidents, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents and trucking accidents
- Falls from high elevations and/or objects falling on an individual’s head
- Assaults or violent attacks
- Sports injuries or accidents
- Combat-related accidents or injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
Some indications that a person may have sustained a TBI can include:
- Disorientation and confusion
- Loss of consciousness
- Difficulties concentrating or remembering things
- Difficulties balancing or coordinating movement
- Mood swings, depression or anxiety
- Dramatic changes in sleeping patterns.
It’s important to point out that traumatic brain injury symptoms may appear immediately after an accident or, in some cases, they may take days or weeks after the accident to become evident.
Mount Vernon Personal Injury Lawyers
At the law firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C., our experienced Mount Vernon personal injury lawyers have been providing client-centered representation to our Southern Illinois clients since 1950. Our trusted attorneys focus on our clients’ needs, and we do everything we can to help them get the maximum possible compensation for their losses and injuries so they can focus on recovery and moving on with their life. If you or a loved one has suffered any type of traumatic brain injury and you believe that another person’s or party’s negligence may be to blame, contact us by calling (888) 896-9381 for a free, thorough assessment of your case, along with professional advice regarding the best manner in which to move forward.