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TBI 101: Traumatic Brain Injuries & Their Effects

TBI 101: Traumatic Brain Injuries & Their Effects

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that according to the most recent available data, as many as 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) every year. The groups with the most common occurrence of TBI are very young children, older adolescents and elderly adults over 65 years old – three of the most common population demographics in the state of Florida. Given that TBIs can occur very abruptly, with minimal warning, it is generally a good idea to familiarize yourself with the symptoms and also with the potential liability for such injuries, especially if you or your loved ones fall into those age groups. Most TBIs Are Minor But Serious By far the most common type of TBI is a concussion, which as most people know can range from very mild to life-threatening in terms of the amount of damage done. The concerning aspect of concussions is that they can occur in a variety of different ways, engaged in a variety of different activities, including some that one would not imagine to be that dangerous. It can be possible to not even be aware of a mild concussion for quite some time if you are not aware of the risk of injury from whatever activity you are engaged in – for example, tripping over a crack in a sidewalk and landing in exactly the wrong way may lead to a mild concussion, but because such an injury is not very foreseeable, it may go some time without being reported. It is important to keep in mind, however, that even a minor TBI can lead to significant neurological...
TBI 101: Traumatic Brain Injuries & Their Effects

TBI 101: Traumatic Brain Injuries & Their Effects

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that according to the most recent available data, as many as 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) every year. The groups with the most common occurrence of TBI are very young children, older adolescents and elderly adults over 65 years old – three of the most common population demographics in the state of Florida. Given that TBIs can occur very abruptly, with minimal warning, it is generally a good idea to familiarize yourself with the symptoms and also with the potential liability for such injuries, especially if you or your loved ones fall into those age groups. Most TBIs Are Minor But Serious By far the most common type of TBI is a concussion, which as most people know can range from very mild to life-threatening in terms of the amount of damage done. The concerning aspect of concussions is that they can occur in a variety of different ways, engaged in a variety of different activities, including some that one would not imagine to be that dangerous. It can be possible to not even be aware of a mild concussion for quite some time if you are not aware of the risk of injury from whatever activity you are engaged in – for example, tripping over a crack in a sidewalk and landing in exactly the wrong way may lead to a mild concussion, but because such an injury is not very foreseeable, it may go some time without being reported. It is important to keep in mind, however, that even a minor TBI can lead to significant neurological...
Brain Injuries Caused by Negligent Health Care Providers

Brain Injuries Caused by Negligent Health Care Providers

Fractures, dislocations, whiplash, and bruises generally will heal to a significant extent with the passage of time and adequate medical care.  When the negligence of another causes a severe brain injury, the affected party might never fully recover.  Severe brain injuries can be caused by an accident like a car crash or slip and fall or the negligence of a medical provider.  This blog post focuses exclusively on brain injuries caused by medical malpractice. Birth Injuries to the Brain of an Infant An injury to the brain can be localized to only one area of the brain, which is called a focal brain injury, or it can affect the entire brain, which is called a global brain injury.  Brain injuries can sometimes be caused at birth. For instance, when a doctor attempts to deliver a baby vaginally that should be delivered by cesarean section, a number of injuries can occur that can affect the brain.  Sometimes, a doctor will apply the use of a vacuum or forceps incorrectly during a delivery. A baby may be twisted and turned by its head at the time of delivery in such a way as to cause damage to the brain. This is an examples of professional negligence or medical malpractice that can cause a severe brain injury to an infant. Other examples of brain injuries caused by medical malpractice include the following: A doctor fails to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke in a patient. An infection occurs in the brain due to improper surgical practices. Not enough oxygen reaches the brain, which is called hypoxia, due to an anesthesiologist...
The Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury on Children

The Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury on Children

A traumatic brain injury (TBI)1 can cause serious and long-lasting symptoms and challenges for any victim. While adults commonly suffer this type of injury, statistics published2 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that almost 500,000 children under the age of 14 are taken to emergency rooms across the United Staes for TBI evaluations and treatments on an annual basis. Additionally, two of the age groups with the highest risk for sustaining a TBI are children from birth to age four and teenagers from age 15 to 19. While children can suffer a brain injury in any number of ways, TBI most commonly occurs in children due to the following types of incidents: Motor vehicle accidents Bicycle accidents (especially if they are not wearing a helmet) Pedestrian accidents Sports injuries Falls Accidents caused by defective baby and child products Playground injuries Child abuse or assault No matter how a child suffers a traumatic brain injury, the potential for extensive and long-term effects exist. Immediate treatment for a Child’s TBI Even if a child has suffered only a minor concussion, it is important that the child undergo a thorough medical evaluation and receive proper treatment immediately. If a TBI is diagnosed, a medical professional will likely instruct the child to rest—both mentally and physically—for a period of time until the injury is completely stabilized. If a child has a TBI and goes back to regular activities, the chances significantly increase for them to sustain a subsequent brain injury. Additionally, any further head trauma at all while a victim already has a brain injury can lead to a highly...