A traumatic brain injury, also known as a TBI, is a serious injury that occurs when an external force meets the head or body, resulting in brain dysfunction. These injuries can be categorized as:
- Open, meaning that an object fractured or penetrated the skull
- Closed, indicating that the skull is still intact
Whether open or closed, the effects of TBIs can range from mild concussions to severe brain injuries that are life-threatening or even fatal.
Any force that causes a significant jolt to the head or body or penetrates the skull can potentially cause a TBI. This includes motor vehicle collisions, bicycle and pedestrian accidents, falls, workplace accidents, sports injuries, combat injuries, and violence, such as gunshot wounds and blunt force trauma. Shaken baby syndrome, where an infant's brain swells due to violent shaking that causes the brain to bump the sides of the skull, is an unfortunate injury that's also a form of TBI.
How a TBI affects the brain depends largely on the severity of the injury. For example, a mild TBI or concussion may only cause temporary dysfunction of the brain's cells, while a more serious TBI can cause physical damage, such as bleeding, bruises, or lacerations. These types of TBIs are more likely to be debilitating or fatal.
However, even when a TBI isn't deadly, it can be life-changing. People living with TBIs may suffer from a wide range of physical, cognitive, communicative, sensory, and behavioral impairments.
Were You Injured in an Accident?
If you or someone you love is living with the effects of a debilitating TBI, you may already be aware of the high costs of rehabilitative treatments or daily care. If your TBI was caused by another person's negligence, Randy Sevenish of Sevenish Law can help you fight for the compensation you deserve for the treatments you need. Contact Sevenish Law today to schedule your free initial case consultation.