Head and Brain Injuries
Head and brain injuries are very serious. They are often referred to a traumatic brain injury. If left untreated, they can cause irreversible damage, and sometimes lead to death. These types of injuries can lead to medical intervention for years, and a change in the quality of life. There are many expenses and losses that must be accounted for, present and future.
After a head injury, the victim may not realize that he or she has sustained a significant injury that may alter his or her entire life. Often it is a family member or friends who notice changes in behavior, speech, memory, and problems completing daily tasks. These are all signs and symptoms that a traumatic brain injury has occurred. If you, or a family member, including a child, have concerns regarding a traumatic brain injury that resulted from an accident, trust your case to an experience traumatic brain injury attorney at Carey & Dobson. Call us at (404) 635-1112.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is often the result of a severe impact to the head. Our brain injury attorneys have seen how motor vehicle accidents and falls have caused traumatic brain injuries.
Our brain injury attorneys have helped many clients and their families find a resolution.
The leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in the United States, are from auto accidents.
A brain injury can occur when a victim’s head strikes an object such as a windshield or when the force of an accident causes the brain to move around violently within the skull, without a direct impact. Damage to the brain can occur at the time of the accident, or it can develop over time as tissues swell and bleed within the head.
Brain injuries are more likely to occur in side-impact car accidents, due to the likelihood of the head striking the window. The number of brain injuries in a front impact crash is far less due to airbags and seat belts.
Defectively designed airbags have caused brain hemorrhages and have severed brain stems, among other injuries. These injuries have killed and paralyzed innocent adults and children in collisions in which no one would have been injured in if the airbag did not deploy. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that since 1990, airbags killed over 300 people in low-impact crashes. This includes over 100 children.
A traumatic brain injury in a child usually results from an auto accident, bike accident, fall, sporting injury or child abuse. There are approximately 100,000 children hospitalized each year with head injuries.
A brain injury can be difficult to diagnose in a child due to the normal changes that occur at various stages of development.
Children who suffer a TBI can have normal or above average IQ following an injury, but can still have significant problems, such as being unable to organize their lives or make rational daily decisions once they reach adulthood.
We know every situation is different, that is why we urge you to contact an experienced Brain Injury Attorney at Carey & Dobson who can help you determine your rights.
Symptoms of TBI
A wide variety of symptoms can occur after a brain injury. We have compiled a list of possible symptoms, which can arise from damage to specific areas of the brain.
A wide variety of symptoms can occur after a brain injury. Below is a list of possible symptoms, which can arise from damage to specific areas of the brain:
Frontal Lobe: Forehead
- Loss of simple movement of various body parts (Paralysis).
- Inability to plan a sequence of complex movements needed to complete multi-stepped tasks, such as making coffee.
- Loss of spontaneity in interacting with others.
- Loss of flexibility in thinking.
- Persistence of a single thought.
- Inability to focus on task.
- Mood changes.
- Changes in social behavior.
- Changes in personality.
- Difficulty with problem solving.
- Inability to express language.
Parietal Lobe: near the back and top of the head
- Inability to attend to more than one object at a time.
- Inability to name an object.
- Inability to locate the words for writing.
- Problems with reading.
- Difficulty with drawing objects.
- Difficulty in distinguishing left from right.
- Difficulty with doing mathematics.
- Lack of awareness of certain body parts and/or surrounding space that leads to difficulties in self-care.
- Inability to focus visual attention.
- Difficulties with eye and hand coordination.
Occipital Lobes: most posterior, at the back of the head
- Defects in vision.
- Difficulty with locating objects in environment.
- Difficulty with identifying colors.
- Production of hallucinations.
- Visual illusions – inaccurately seeing objects.
- Word blindness – inability to recognize words.
- Difficulty in recognizing drawn objects.
- Inability to recognize the movement of object.
- Difficulties with reading and writing.
Temporal Lobes: side of head above ears
- Difficulty in recognizing faces.
- Difficulty in understanding spoken words.
- Disturbance with selective attention to what we see and hear.
- Difficulty with identification of, and verbalization about objects.
- Short term memory loss.
- Interference with long term memory.
- Increased and decreased interest in sexual behavior.
- Inability to categorize objects.
- Right lobe damage can cause persistent talking.
- Increased aggressive behavior.
Brain Stem: deep within the brain
- Decreased vital capacity in breathing, important for speech.
- Swallowing food and water.
- Difficulty with organization/perception of the environment.
- Problems with balance and movement.
- Dizziness and nausea.
- Sleeping difficulties.
Cerebellum: base of the skull
- Loss of ability to coordinate fine movements.
- Loss of ability to walk.
- Inability to reach out and grab objects.
- Slurred Speech.
- Inability to make rapid movements.
If a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, call Carey & Dobson at (404) 635-1112.