Traumatic Brain Injuries
Injuries that cause brain damage as a result of trauma are traditionally referred to as “traumatic brain injuries” or TBIs. Most often, traumatic brain injuries are caused by external forces being applied to the skull which cause either closed-head or open-head injuries.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are often talked about as being:
- Mild TBIs,
- Moderate TBIs, or
- Severe TBIs.
Other types of Brain Injuries:-
- Mild Traumatic Brain injury
- Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury
- Severe Brain Injury
- Diffuse Axonal Injury
- Coup Injury
- Contrecoup Injury
- Second Impact Syndrome
- Penetrating Injury
- Locked In Syndrome
These categories allow doctors, patients and caregivers to categorize and discuss the severity of the head injury and the symptoms a person is experiencing or exhibiting.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
As the name suggests, trauma is the cause of these particular type of brain injuries. Some common types of trauma that lead to TBIs include:
- Motor vehicle accidents can cause TBIs when a person is jostled around in the car and strikes an object either inside the car or outside of the car during an accident. They are common in rollover accidents and other accidents where a person’s head may be hit or whipped around.
- Bicycle and motorcycle accidents regularly involve TBIs because a person’s head is much more vulnerable and exposed when they are on a motorcycle or bicycle than when they are in a car. It is all too easy for a person to be thrown from their bicycle or motorcycle onto the ground, and strike their head on the ground in the process.
- Sports are a common cause of traumatic brain injuries. The hard hits and tackles in football, fights and hits in hockey and heading soccer balls can cause TBIs.
In many situations, the person who causes or contributes to a victim sustaining the TBI can be held legally responsible for the victim’s injuries. This means that a civil action can be filed requiring the responsible party to pay for costs related to the victim’s medical expenses, time missed from work and pain and suffering.
If you or your loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, call our office today to discuss your rights against any individuals or companies who may have caused your brain injury. At The Ernst Law Group, we offer free consultations, so there is no cost to you to get the information you need about the law and your options.