Traumatic Brain Injury

This type of injury is not very easy to prove in that many CTs and MRIs can show no evidence of internal bleeding in the brain when in fact the victim has suffered injury to the brain. The elements of a traumatic brain injury are basically that the tasks that we take for granted in getting us through the day, the analytical ability of each of us to do the things that we take for granted are severely or moderately effected in a traumatic brain injury case. The injury to the victim usually occurs where the victim’s head strikes the interior of a motor vehicle or from striking their head on a hard floor surface, a chair or other piece of furniture or from being struck in the head by a falling object. Most individuals who have suffered this type of injury usually go home the same day without going to the emergency room as they feel they’ve only suffered a minor concussion or just a minor blow to the head. That is usually utilized by the defense attorney to cast doubt upon whether or not the victim sustained a brain injury. However, because the inside of the skull has sharp protrusions that can cause injury to the brain in the frontal and temporal lobes when an individual’s head suffers a shock or strong shaking in a car it can result in a brain injury.

Common early symptoms of a brain injury are:

  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Feeling dazed or confused
  • Retrograde amnesia or the accident details
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting

Later on an individual who has incurred a brain injury can show symptoms of:

  • Depression
  • Inability to control anger and emotions
  • Loss of balance
  • Personality changes
  • Increased irritability
  • Loss of smell
  • Decreased hearing
  • Diminished concentration
  • Slurred speech
  • Slower thinking
  • Word-finding difficulties
  • Memory loss

It is the job of your attorney to gather all the witnesses who can substantiate how you have changed following suffering your brain injury as these are the witnesses who are most persuasive before a jury to show that you have suffered a brain injury and that your life has changed as a result of it.

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