Because it is Brain Injury Awareness Month, I'm writing a series of posts about this increasingly common and studied injury. The more the medical community learns about TBI, the better public awareness of risks, symptoms, and treatment options.
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Brain Injury - TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
Although symptoms from most mild traumatic brain injuries subside, a small percentage of people (5-15%) will suffer chronic symptoms and impairments. They are often referred to as the “miserable minority.”
Traumatic Brain Injury can devastate someone's health and functionality. Depending on the extent of the injury and what part of the brain is affected, changes can be far-reaching.
A common injury for car accident victims is TBI. And these are some of the hardest to treat, with some potentially terrible and long-lasting symptoms.
While a head injury can certainly occur after such an event, studies have shown that one can sustain a closed head injury without losing consciousness or suffering from an actual impact to the head.
In a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for injuries sustained in a car accident, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant’s actions caused those injuries. Establishing causation is one of the most challenging parts of a legal case when a brain injury is at issue.
That was, until Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) was introduced as a relatively new diagnosis – the result of repetitive or undiagnosed concussions. Both are progressive diseases of the brain, degenerative, and have similar symptoms, but CTE cannot be diagnosed until after an individual dies.
The severity of the injuries depend on a number of factors including the direction of the impact, how the person was seated and what direction their body was turned in, and the speed of the vehicles involved in the accident.
All of these issues add together to become a major danger for all sports players. It also poses a risk for people in work conditions that leads to small head blows and sudden movements. Altogether, these could cause severe problems in later life in which the root causes are not immediately determined.
There are no winners in such injuries. The severity of brain injuries can take many forms and come with a tremendous number of complications. A Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, caused by an accident is a devastating diagnosis.
But the reality is that insurance adjusters and the liable party are going to approach your claim with an ample helping of skepticism. One way to strengthen your case and fight for full compensation is to show that your injury is common in car accidents.
Seems like a no-brainer to wear a helmet each time you skateboard, bicycle, or inline skate, doesn't it? If that one statistic doesn't convince you to make this a habit, click here for this story from Bill Coats Law, a personal injury law firm in Bellingham, WA, with recent statistics and advice on buying a helmet.
It's no mystery. Wearing a bike helmet when you bicycle, skateboard, inline skate, or ride a scooter greatly reduced your chance of getting a brain injury. For recent statistics on bicycle crashes and injuries, as well as tips on finding the right helmet, click here for this article from Bellingham lawyer Bill Coats, a bicycle and car crash attorney.
No drum roll needed, folks. It's obvious that you should wear a helmet every time you get on your bicycle. Even if it's not the law, which is the case in Washington as well as many cities like Bellingham. Read up on recent crash statistics and a guide to buy the right helmet here.
Anytime a skull comes into contact with something hard and fast - a helmet, a windshield, a road surface - there's an immediate danger of the brain getting temporarily damaged. The more we learn about head injuries, the more we see how dangerous they are. Click here for information on traumatic brain injury from car accident lawyer Bill Coats in Bellingham, WA.
Seat belts are known to protect those in cars and trucks, and are by law required to be worn. However, this is not the case for bus passengers. In the event of a serious bus accident, head injuries are not uncommon. If you have experienced a head injury in a bus accident, be aware of the signs and symptoms of TBI.
Life jackets on a boat are a must for safety, but unlike riding a bike, no boater would think to don a helmet on the water. So often all that separates our brains from serious injury with a hard object is our skull. If you've been hit in the head and are experiencing symptoms of TBI, seek a doctor's help immediately. To recognize the symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury, click here.
Though the technology and design improves more and more with each year, bicycle helmets can't always protect bicyclists from TBI. If you've hit your head in a bike crash, know the signs and symptoms of this all too common problem, from this post by bike accident attorney Bill Coats Law in Bellingham WA.
The symptoms of TBI can be subtle, even things that most people experience now and then normally. But the effects of them can be serious, even deadly. Click to learn more from personal injury lawyer Bill Coats of Bellingham, WA about how to recognize a TBI and the #1 thing you should do immediately if you hurt your head in a car accident.
In this story, we will cover the latest tech that may just be able to help car accident victims who are suffering from more than just vertigo. Although we have seen many advances in science, we still have not seen a spinal cord repaired enough to allow a quadriplegic victim to walk, we do know that we are on the way there.
The most common cause of death to skiers and snowboarders is head injuries, which can be mitigated by 22–60% by the use of helmets. For other tips on staying safe when enjoying a day at the slopes, click here.
I'm writing this days away from Halloween, and the subject is fittingly gruesome. As a personal injury attorney in Bellingham, WA, I work with clients who have experienced TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury - due to high speed collisions while they were riding their bikes. This can entail concussions, where the brain may swell and/or fluid collects under the skull, which can lead to brain damage. A head injury, which can come from a very violent rotation of the head, can mean the brain remains stationary while all the bones, tendons, and muscles move. And sometimes hit the pavement, or a car's windshield. Blood vessels and nerves fueling this precious organ may be torn apart. You can imagine how monstrously damaging these forces can be. It helps to be educated if you have been injured in an accident, and painful as it might seem, here is more information on traumatic brain injury, why you should always wear a helmet, and what you should do if you were hurt in a car accident.
When you're injured in an accident, it helps to know you're not alone. A head-on collision is one of the hardest events to go through, because the resulting injuries and losses can be catastrophic. As a personal injury attorney, I have helped clients find compensation for head-on car crashes so that they can focus on the best possible life afterwards. Here's a story I'd like to share with you about someone who was hit when another car crossed the median on a highway outside Bellingham, WA.
Riding a bike offers little protection between rider and the environment. If you are on your bike and are hit by a vehicle, or your crash was caused by some factor beyond your control, you are likely dealing with a lot of injuries. In a collision between a bike and a car, the injuries a bike rider receives are almost always far worse than what the driver walks away with, especially if the cyclist’s head takes the impact of the hit. If you have a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) after a bike crash, you will likely face a lot of financial problems in addition to the strain of healing from trauma. Don’t let the stress convince you that you have no options and must go it alone. You do have options for compensation for your losses and financial trouble, and are not alone in fighting the insurance companies to get full, fair, and fast compensation after your accident. Understand your rights and legal options if you have TBI after a collision by clicking here.
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