The race to learn about the impact of TBI’s to improve the level of functioning
In the past several years, the medical community has begun to grasp the wide-ranging effects of traumatic brain injuries. Whereas we once believed brain injuries only affected victims of severe trauma, we are now beginning to understand that brain injuries may result from less significant trauma or from repeated head trauma over an extended period.
Brain injuries have been attributed as a cause of the following:
- Memory impairment
- Change in personality
- Difficultly concentrating
- Word retrieval problems
- Reduced attention spans
- Memory difficulties
- Walking / balance problems
- Vision problems
According to the Center for Disease Control, there are an estimated 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries every year. The majority of known reasons for the injuries are caused by falls, followed by auto accidents and being struck by an object. For both children and older adults, falls cause over half of all brain injuries. These injuries can happen at any time, whether at work, while playing sports or just tripping walking down the street.
Brain injuries in children
Although a traumatic brain injury can be debilitating to any person, children are susceptible to even more issues. Since children’s brains are still developing, injuries may have longer lasting affects that are not apparent at the time of injury. Some brain injuries to children, especially those seven years or younger, may cause development issues even years down road.
- Developmental stall. After initial recovery from a brain injury, some children experience a stall or slowing of their cognitive development.
- Impaired development. Young children may display impaired development for several years, even into adulthood, in their cognitive abilities as well as behavioral and emotional development.
Due to the significant affect a brain injury can have on a young child’s development, cases that involve children need to consider not only apparent injuries but possible long-lasting affects.
Injuries associated with damage to the brain
As the medical community continues long-term research into brain injuries, the following conditions are most frequently associated with brain injuries:
- Fractured Skull: Usually due to a severe impact from a piece of material or heavy impact related to trauma. Patients suffering from a fractured skull suffer from some of the most severe brain injuries, as the fractured bone may impact the brain.
- Subdural Hematoma: Usually due to a sudden impact, a subdural hematoma is diagnosed when the vein that removes circulating blood to the cerebral cortex increases pressure on the brain itself. If not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, subdural hematomas may result in death.
- Concussion: Perhaps the most misunderstood type of brain injury, a concussion is a non-penetrating blow to the head. Symptoms may be characterized by dizziness, vomiting and headache. People who suffer from a concussion may continue to suffer from lasting effects or may be at a heightened risk of future medical problems.
A Chicago law firm with experience representing clients in brain injury cases
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers remains committed to brain injury research and continues to use the latest research on brain injuries while representing our brain-injured clients. Our brain injury attorneys understand the significance of a brain injury will have an enduring impact on the individual and their loved ones. We are committed to securing the most favorable outcome in cases involving traumatic brain injuries.
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