While there are dozens of serious injuries that an individual may suffer in an accident, a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can be the most frightening. A TBI requires emergency care, and tragically, some victims may never recover. Whether it was caused by a car accident, a slip, and fall, or a workplace accident, all TBIs are alarming.
Common Types of TBI
There are varying degrees of TBI, including the following:
- Concussion: A concussion is at the milder end on the scale of Traumatic Brain Injuries. It is caused by a forceful jolt or blow to the head and is the most common type. It may cause temporary loss of consciousness. Some people may fully recover in less than a week, while others can take much longer.
- Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS): Victims suffering from PCS may take months or even years to recover. For these people, the symptoms persist and can significantly change their life. Common signs include headache, trouble concentrating, memory loss, faulty judgment, and lack of balance or coordination. Depression and anxiety may further complicate PCS.
- Focal Brain Injury: This type of TBI affects one specific area of the brain and often causes a loss of a specific bodily function– controlled by the area of the brain that was injured.
- Diffuse Axonal Injury: This is widespread brain damage and often includes loss of cognitive and physical functions. This type of TBI can lead to long-term loss of consciousness, otherwise known as a coma.
- Stroke: This occurs when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted, and a rapid loss of brain function results. The two most common causes of a stroke are an interruption of the blood supply and ruptured blood vessels.
- Locked-In Syndrome: While rare, this type of TBI is one of the most severe. The victim is mentally aware but cannot move or communicate verbally. Eye movement is often the only capability these victims retain.
- Brain Herniation: In brain injuries that cause swelling, the resulting pressure against the skull’s bony structures can halt the flow of blood to certain parts of the brain. This can cause paralysis or trouble breathing for the victim.
- Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Bleeding in the area between membranes that protect and cushion the brain. This type of TBI may be fatal, or it may cause extensive neural and cognitive impairments.
- Coup-Contrecoup Injury: Here, the victim’s brain strikes against one side of the inner skull and then the other side, which causes bruises on opposite sides of the brain. These accident victims have two separate areas of internal brain bleeding.
- Closed Head Injury: These internal injuries may involve brain swelling and excessive pressure within the skull but do not involve penetration of the skull.
- Penetrating Head Injury: The catalyst to these injuries is when a foreign object breaks through the skull, which may result in an open head injury where projectiles or bone fragments penetrate brain tissue.
What Legal Recourse Do You Have?
All types of TBI have the potential of significantly impairing your quality of life for days, weeks, months, years, or even decades to come. The law cannot undo your injuries. However, it can provide a substantial amount of financial compensation to help you and your loved ones achieve some measure of justice. An experienced attorney is best suited to help you along this path.
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At Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green, P.C., our attorneys have been representing injured New Yorkers for over half a century. We take pride in aggressively pursuing the maximum amount of financial recovery on behalf of our valued clients. Our New York City personal injury lawyers understand that you are going through perhaps the most challenging period of your life—and we can provide you with the individual attention that you deserve. If you have suffered a TBI in an accident, call Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green, P.C. 24 hours a day to schedule your free consultation with a New York brain injury lawyer. Our clients never receive a bill unless they win.