A traumatic brain injury (sometimes called a TBI) can be caused by even a minor accident when the head either strikes an object or is shaken. How can that happen?
The brain sits inside the skull and basically floats in a cushion of liquid, which acts to protect it. (Picture a balloon in a sealed jar of water.) If the head is shaken, or strikes an object, the brain may move about in the liquid and strike the inside of the hard skull. If the forces involved are great enough, the brain can strike one part of the skull, then bounce back and hit the other side. This is called a coup and contra-coup effect.
This jarring can damage portions of the brain at the microscopic level. The damage can be so tiny that it doesn’t even show up on sophisticated testing, such as MRI or CT scans. However, it is real and can affect the functioning of the brain, sometimes even permanently. This, in turn, can affect a person’s behavior.
The Hollywood film Concussion deals with this phenomenon. Dr. Bennet Omalou, played by Will Smith in the film, discovered that some professional football players were suffering brain damage from the hits they were taking while playing the game. Later in life, they began behaving erratically and some became permanently disabled or even committed suicide.
In an auto accident, sometimes a person will strike their head on a window or the post separating the front and back seats. Also, the head may be shaken violently by the impact. In some cases, this can cause a similar type of brain damage. This is especially true if the person loses consciousness at the time of the collision, since loss of consciousness is one sign that a brain injury may have occurred.
Signs of Brain Injury
In addition to loss of consciousness, other signs that a brain injury may have occurred in an accident are headache, nausea, sensitivity to light, difficulty with balance, loss of memory and personality changes. The Mayo Clinic website has a good discussion of the symptoms.
What To Do After an Accident
If you or anyone you know is involved in an accident and shows any of the signs of a brain injury, it is important to get medical treatment immediately. In some cases, there can be bleeding in the brain and this can lead to even more serious problems.
When seeking medical attention, it is very important to tell the medical professional about all of the symptoms being experienced. If you only say “I have a headache” and don’t also mention that you feel dizzy or that you think you may have been unconscious, you may not get the appropriate care.
It bears mentioning that oftentimes, a person doesn’t know they were unconscious after an accident. If you are with someone that appears to have been unconscious after an accident, even for a few moments, it is important that you mention that to the appropriate medical professional.
How Curtis Legal Group Helps Clients Suffering From Brain Injuries
The brain injury attorneys at Curtis Legal Group have experience in representing clients who have suffered a TBI as a result of another person’s fault. We understand how these injuries may impair the ability to work, affect family relations and diminish quality of life.
We Don’t Receive Compensation Unless You Do
Our brain injury attorneys have successfully helped our clients recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and disability.
The California TBI attorneys at Curtis Legal Group will aggressively pursue all aspects of your case to ensure you are fairly compensated for your pain, suffering, or loss as soon as possible.
Our representation costs nothing unless you are compensated for your injuries.
We practice throughout Central and Northern California, including Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto.
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