Did you sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI)?
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are caused by trauma to the head that is so severe, it impacts the brain. TBIs can be closed head or open/penetrating injuries and can result in lifelong damage and in some cases death. People who sustain brain injuries typically need ongoing medical care. If you or someone you love sustained this type of injury through someone else’s wrongful action, consult with a Tampa brain injury attorney at our firm because you could be entitled to financial compensation.
Types of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries differ in type and severity. For example, some physicians classify brain injuries as mild, moderate, or severe on the Glasgow Coma Scale, but there are other scales that measure brain injury severity such as the posttraumatic amnesia scale. Brain injuries can also be classified by how they were sustained, such as in a car accident or a sports injury. In any case, prompt treatment is paramount.
Detecting the Symptoms of Brain Injury
Brain injuries may not be obvious at first, which is why victims of serious accidents will typically undergo a CT scan or other neurological tests.
Doctors look for symptoms such as the following:
- Memory loss
- Slurred speech
- Head swelling
- Disproportionate pupil size
In the most severe cases, the accident victim will lose consciousness and could remain in a coma for some time.
Treatment for Brain Injuries
Medical professionals and traumatic brain injury specialists recommend treating a head injury patient within one hour of the accident. Prompt treatment typically produces the best results and the greatest chance for recovery. One form of treatment is draining fluid that can surround the brain after blunt force trauma. Doctors also commonly hook TBI patients up to IVs to control blood pressure.
The risk of seizures is also much higher for people who sustain traumatic brain injuries so post-trauma seizure treatment may be a part of a patient’s long-term treatment. Neurological damage can also result in cognitive disorders as well as movement disorders.
Contact Our Tampa Brain Injury Attorneys
If you or someone you love sustained a traumatic brain injury in an accident, we invite you to contact Robert Sparks Attorneys, PLLC today. Consultations are free and if you become a client, you don’t pay us anything unless we secure financial compensation on your behalf. Our goal is to help you pay for your medical expenses and other damages such as diminished earning capacity, lost wages, and emotional pain and suffering.