Houston Personal Injury Blog

23 Aug. 2016

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Posted By Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, Briggs & Josephson

Brain ScanOne of the most life-altering injuries an individual can sustain in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). After all, the brain is one of the most crucial parts of the body and any damage it suffers can result in long-term injury, including cognitive impairment, changes in personality and ability to work, and more. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury and are seeking legal representation, you should immediately contact Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, Briggs & Josephson to discuss your legal options.

Here’s what you need to know about traumatic brain injury:

How Does a TBI Occur?

There are various ways in which a traumatic brain injury can occur. When there is sudden impact to the head, the brain can make contact with the inside of the skull, causing bleeding, bruising, and tearing of tissue. Another possible way a traumatic brain injury can occur is due to asphyxiation, or loss of oxygen to the brain. Oxygen is essential in the brain functioning and when the supply is reduced or cut off completely, it can result in the brain becoming damaged. If oxygen is provided as soon as possible, the damage can be minimal.

How Is a TBI Diagnosed?

There are various tests and scans that are used in order to diagnose and assess the severity of TBI. The scans can show the physical damage done to the brain while other tests, such as the Glasgow Coma Scale, can be used to determine how the brain injury has affected the injured party’s abilities.

The Glasgow Coma Scale is based off of 15 points and is determined by the patient’s ability to perform cognitive tasks, measuring their verbal response, visual response, and motor response. Any patient who scores a 13 and a 15 on the scale would generally be diagnosed with a mild TBI. If the patient scores between 9 and 12, the TBI would be considered moderate. Anything between 3 and 8 would be diagnosed a severe TBI, and scores lower than 3 would signify a vegetative state.

Symptoms of TBI

TBI symptoms vary depending on the severity of the damage to the brain:

  • Mild TBI – When someone has a mild TBI, they may display symptoms that are similar to those of a concussion. The person can have headaches and dizziness, as well as fatigue and memory loss.
  • Moderate TBI – A moderate TBI may present many of the same symptoms as a mild TBI, but the symptoms can be stronger and last longer. In addition, the victim may experience behavioral changes and nausea.
  • Severe TBI – A more severe TBI can impact the individual’s cognitive abilities. Not only would they experience the symptoms of a mild or moderate TBI, but they may also have trouble speaking, eating, hearing, seeing, and more. They can also suffer seizures and long-term memory loss.

Speak with a Houston Brain Injury Lawyer

Living with a brain injury, especially one that resulted from no fault of your own, can be extremely difficult for a victim and their family. Our firm is here to guide you through the legal process in pursuit of the compensation you both need. Trust in our Houston brain injury attorneys to help you get through this difficult time.

If you believe you have a lawsuit, call on our team to speak with us about your rights and options.

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