Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a complex injury with a broad range of symptoms and disabilities. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain.
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Traumatic brain injury sometimes is referred to as “acquired brain injury” or a “closed head injury” or even simply as a “head injury.” As a Brain Injury Attorney in San Francisco, I regulary see how the impact of a traumatic brain injury on a person and his or her family can be devastating and long lasting.
- When there is a direct blow to the head
- When an object pierces the skull
- In a whiplash-type injury during an automobile accident or a fall
- In a traumatic brain injury, a mechanism known as coup-countercoup often takes place. This entails the bruising of the brain and damage to its
- internal tissue and blood vessels.
The bruise created by the trauma is called a coup lesion (pronounced COO). The brain then may jolt backwards striking the skull on the opposite side causing another bruise known as a counter coup lesion. This coup-countercoup mechanism can cause shearing or tearing of the brain’s internal lining, tissues, and blood vessels, thereby causing internal bleeding, bruising, and/or swelling of the brain.
A person who has suffered a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) may remain conscious or may experience a loss of consciousness for only a few seconds or minutes. It is not uncommon for someone who has suffered a mild traumatic brain injury to be unaware of whether he or she has experienced any loss of consciousness at all.
In fact, a person can suffer from a brain injury, mild or severe, without a blow to the head at all. There are many different causes of brain injuries.
Brain injuries most often occur during an automobile accident or motorcycle accident as well as falls and workplace injuries. And in automobile accidents a brain injury can occur even for people that were wearing a seat belt and were properly restrained. Whiplash is always possible in a car accident, which can cause the brain to move within the skull causing an injury.
However, a brain injury can also be caused by prescription medication. If the medication causes bleeding on the brain or if the brain’s oxygen supply is disrupted a brain injury varying from mild to severe can occur causing lasting damage.
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Blurred vision or tired eyes
- Ringing in the ears
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Fatigue or lethargy
- Behavioral or mood changes
- Trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking
A person exhibiting any of these symptoms in relation to any type of accident should seek professional medical treatment immediately. If you or a loved one has been suffered a traumatic brain injury in the San Francisco area or throughout California because of an automobile accident, a fall, or a workplace in or because of a defective product, give me a call at (415) 293-8231 and let’s discuss your accident. I am dedicated to providing victims of traumatic brain injury with the representation and commitment they deserve.