Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are common injuries sustained by millions of Americans each year. TBIs can be caused by any type of blow to the head, by force to the body that causes the brain to rattle around in the skull, or by incidents that result in decreased blood flow to the brain, causing tissue death.
Because even limited levels of force can be sufficient to cause serious harm, a person can suffer a significant brain injury and not be aware of the extent of the damage. Early symptoms can be relatively minor, including headaches and nausea. As the symptoms grow worse, the correct diagnosis may be made, but it might be too late to take early steps to limit the extent of the long-term damage.
When a Traumatic Brain Injury occurs, the body releases certain proteins into the bloodstream in response to the injury. A new blood test recently approved by the FDA is the first blood test to determine whether or not these proteins are present. Utilizing this information, doctors can then order an imaging scan to determine where the injury is located and the extent of the damage.
Traumatic Brain Injuries do not always result in functional deficiencies for sufferers, but oftentimes a person who experiences a TBI loses some degree of physical or mental acuity. These disabilities often make it more difficult to obtain and maintain a job, and might even limit a person’s daily living skills.
If you or someone you love has suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, whether in a car accident, a workplace injury, or any other way, please consider consulting with an experienced attorney. Living with a TBI can be frustrating and expensive, and it is important that the person who caused the injury be responsible for their actions.