Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a physical injury to the brain interferes with its normal operations. TBI can affect your life in multiple ways. For example, the condition can lead to blurred vision, seizures, and headaches. Below is an overview of different TBI injuries and their effect on injury compensation.
Differences in TBI Injuries
TBI presents in different ways to different people. The nature, severity, and presentation of your TBI injury determine your damages. Below are some common differences between various forms of TBI.
Mechanical forces to the head can cause instant TBI. An example is if you hit your head against a car's body during an auto accident. The mechanical force can tear and stress your brain tissues, leading to TBI. You can also suffer from TBI that doesn't stem directly from mechanical forces to the brain. For example, an injury restricting blood flow to the brain can cause TBI.
A focal TBI injury affects a relatively small part of the brain. Focal injuries usually result from direct or point injuries that cause bleeding into a single point on the brain. Diffused TBI injuries affect multiple parts of the brain. You might suffer both diffused and focal TBI injuries.
Penetrating trauma occurs if an object or force penetrates your head's tissues and leaves an open wound. For example, you might suffer penetrating trauma if a sharp object stabs your head during an accident. Penetrating trauma damages the bone, skin, and brain tissues.
On the other hand, non-penetrating trauma damages your brain tissues without leaving an open wound. Blunt force is a common cause of non-penetrating trauma.
TBI presents itself with different symptoms. In many cases, the nature and types of systems reflect the severity of the injury. For example, moderate and severe TBI usually involves loss of consciousness, but mild TBI rarely involves the same. Other symptoms you might experience with moderate and severe TBI but not mild TBI include coma and convulsions.
Effect on Compensation
Proper TBI diagnosis is necessary since it may determine your compensation. For example, moderate and severe TBI may attract higher compensation than moderate TBI. However, you will only get the compensation you deserve with the correct diagnosis.
Inform your doctor of all your signs and symptoms for the correct diagnosis. Don't hesitate to seek a second medical opinion. Consult an expert witness to help explain your injuries and their impact on your life to other parties, such as the judge or jury.
Contact a local personal injury lawyer to find out more.Share
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