A traumatic brain injury is caused by a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Brain injures can result in a wide range of symptoms and disabilities. No two brain injuries are the same. And frequently, the consequence of two similar injuries may have signifcantly different symptoms. In some cases, certain indicators may appear immediately. Other times, symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may not be present for days or weeks after the incident. The leading causes of traumatic brain injuries are trip/slip and falls, car accidents, incidents where a person is struck by an object on the head, violence and sports injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brent Wieand is an aggressive personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia with significant experience representing accident victims who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. He understands that the impact a brain injury can have on accident victims and their family members can be devastating. Thats why he fights so hard on their behalf.
Proving a closed head injury can sometimes be difficult because symptoms associated with brain injuries may not be visible on a CT scan/MRI, or could also be found in otherwise healthy person. To overcome these obstacles, Brent works with top experts such as neurologists and psychiatrists to link the injury to the accident. When a claim involves a diffuse brain injury, a neuropsychologist may be used to prove causation and damages.
From expert witnesses to demonstrative evidence, every detail is important when proving a serious brain injury claim. Attorney Wieand will give you the personalized attention needed to fully understand your unique circumstances and prove your case. Trust your case to an experienced trial lawyer who is knowledgeable of the science behind brain injuries and the law.If you or a family member has suffered a brain injury and have a legal question call experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer Brent Wieand directly at 1 (215) 666-7777 for a free case evaluation.
A traumatic brain injury can be mild, moderate or severe. Mild tramatic brain injuries will generally involve one or more of the following symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness for any period;
- Loss of memory for events immediately before or after the incident or an alteration;
- Feeling dazed, confused or disoriented;
- Post traumatic amnesia last no longer than 24 hours.
In cases of a mild brain injury or concussion, permanent changes of memory and concentration can occur, even absent loss of consciousness. A severe head injury happens if there is loss of consciousness of at least 24 hours.
Closed Head Injury
Many closed head injuries are caused by slip/trip and fall accidents, sports and automobile accidents. In general, there are six main types of closed head injuries.
- Sub Concussive Impacts
- MTBI – Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Contusions
- SAH – Subarachnoid Hemorrhages
- SDH – Subdural Hematoma
- ICH – Intracerebral Hematoma
Closed head injuries can be focal or diffuse. Focal head injuries, such as a heamatoma or intracranial hemorrhage, are confined to one area of the brain. They can be visually verified by a CT scan or MRI.
Diffuse head injuries, like sub concussive impacts and concussions, occur throughout the brain and are difficult to detect and define. They can result from acceleration damage to the brain which can alter brain function. Diffuse brain injuries are known to cause progressively severe brain dysfunction. Diffuse brain injuries cannot be readily observed by x-rays or other brain scans. Diffuse injuries are often characterized as one of three types:
- Mild Concussion generally cause a temporary disturbance of neurologic function without loss of consciousness. Some common symptoms after a mild concussion include headaches, loss of memory (amnesia) and confusion, ringing in the ears, vomiting, slurred speach and nausea.
- Classical Cerebral Concussion temporary, reversible neurologic deficiency caused by trauma that results in temporary loss of consciousness. The pathology of a cerebral is difficult to establish because there is no opportunity for neuropathological observations. A cerebral concussion is a mild form of diffuse axonal injury and the loss of neurological function is a result of axonal disfunction. Symptoms may range from reversible neuronal depression to permanent damage.
- Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI): traumatic microscopic brain injury with prolonged loss of consciousness for more than 24 hours), often with resulting residual neurological, psychological or personality deficits. DAI is caused by the brain being suddenly and violently shaken within the skull as opposed to a blunt force trauma to an isolated region. It can result from trip and falls, babies that are shaken, car accidents and sports. Presently, there is little that can be done to physically repair damage that occurs with a diffuse axonal injury. Treatment of this type of injury usually focuses on rehabilitation that can help a patient compensate for the damaged axons. It may include physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy.
*Disclosure: This article does not constitute legal or medical advice. You should always consult with a legal or medical professional if you have questions about your legal rights or medical condition. Attorney Brent Wieand is an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney in Philadelphia. He is proud to serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.