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Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury occurs when a person's brain is injured as a result of a sudden impact to the head, a sudden jolt to the head or when an object penetrates the skull and enters the brain. Not all jolts or impacts to the head result in injury to the brain. On the other hand, injury may result from even the most minor of impacts.
It has been reported that the leading cause of traumatic brain injury is from falls. This type of traumatic brain injury is most common in children under four years of age and in the elderly.
Motor vehicle crashes account for the next highest number of traumatic brain injuries, with the majority of these involving teenagers.
“Struck By/Against” events are almost as common and these include collisions with stationary or moving objects. Sports injuries fall within this category.
The last major cause of traumatic brain injury involves physical assaults.
The symptoms of traumatic brain injury may be mild, moderate or severe. They include the following:
Ringing in the Ears
Trouble with Concentration
Loss of Coordination
Anyone who experiences the signs or symptoms of a traumatic brain injury should seek medical examination and evaluation as soon as possible. Although there is little that can be done to reverse the initial damage caused by trauma, it is important to stabilize a person with a traumatic brain injury and to take steps to prevent further injury.
Typically, treatment focuses on allowing the body to rest, ensuring appropriate oxygen supply to the brain, controlling blood pressure and maintaining adequate blood flow. More serious injuries may require surgery to repair or remove ruptured blood vessels or bruised brain tissue.
Disability from traumatic brain injury can be anywhere from minor to severe. Problems with memory, thinking and reasoning are common, as are those involving behavioral and sensory issues. Traumatic brain injury may also cause epilepsy and has been found to increase the risk for other brain disorders that become more prevalent with age such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.
There are many support organizations in both Missouri and Kansas for those suffering a traumatic brain injury. The lawyers at the Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys have significant experience in pursuing injury claims on behalf of those suffering traumatic brain injuries. If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of another, we would encourage you to contact us to see if we can be of help to you.