Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury is classified by the type of damage it causes to the skull. The main types of are:
- Depressed Skull Fracture
- Compounded Skull Fracture
- Closed Head Injury
Closed head injuries can be separated into simple concussions (no degree of structural damage to the brain), and destruction of brain tissue.
Moreover, Traumatic Brain Injury cases are much more difficult and expensive to pursue than a regular personal injury claim. Due to the complex nature of these injuries, experts are generally necessary to provide opinions on the extent and cause of the victim’s injuries. These experts could cost tens of thousands of dollars if the case is taken to trial.
Loss of Consciousness & Other Symptoms
Losing consciousness is a strong indication that there may be brain injury, however, even a conscious patient can demonstrate signs of brain injury. The following symptoms require neurological consultation immediately:
- Mental Confusion
- Slurred speech
- Loss of Coordination
- Vomiting or nausea
- One-sided neurological deficit
- Severe or worsening headaches
- Ringing in the ears
- Change in sleep
- Memory Loss
How Long Does Brain Damage Take?
Brain damage can occur in a matter of seconds. Within 10 to 20 seconds after the blood flow to the brain ceases, an individual will lose consciousness. Eighty seconds in, the pupils become dilated, and within five minutes after the stop of blood flow, irreversible brain damage occurs.
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