March is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month, and Brooks Law Group is here to take part. As leading TBI attorneys in the Winter Haven area, awareness of this issue is near to our hearts, and we believe strongly in the importance of making sure others understand TBIs and how they impact individuals and families. What is a Traumatic Brain Injury though, and how do they happen?
A TBI is an injury to one’s brain, with varying degrees of severity. The seven most commonly seen kinds of Traumatic Brain Injuries are:
- Concussions. These are (usually) mild, and are the most commonly occurring TBI. While not considered “severe” doctors still take them very seriously, and patients should be closely monitored.
- Contusions. Often accompanying concussions, a contusion is essentially a “bruise” on your brain due to the impact your head suffered.
- Brain Hemorrhage (Brain Bleed). Active bleeding on the surface of, or inside of, the brain tissue.
- Intracranial Hematomas. Areas of blood accumulation in different parts of the brain.
- Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injury. Coup injuries occur at the point of impact, whereas contrecoup injuries occur on the side of the brain opposite the point of impact.
- Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI). This is one of the most serious types of TBI, and occurs when the brain essentially twists or partially rotates inside the skull. This type of TBI occurs with intense shaking of the skull, and causes tears to occur in the brain’s connections.
- Penetration TBIs. This type of injury is self-explanatory, and happens when an object penetrates the brain tissue through the skull. This type of injury is most commonly seen with gunshot wounds to the head, when the bullet penetrates the brain.
Now that you have a better idea of what TBIs can look like, let’s discuss what causes them. While there are outliers like animal attacks or medical malpractice, the causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries most often seen by doctors (and legal teams) include:
- car accidents or pedestrian collisions
- motorcycle accidents
- truck accidents
- trauma from assault
- sports accidents
- slip and fall injuries
- work accidents (most often falls or being struck by an object)
Have you or someone you love suffered a TBI thanks to the negligence or irresponsibility of another party? You don’t have to bear the burden of seeking justice alone. The team at Brooks Law Group is ready to come alongside you and fight for you and your family. We have the skills, experience, and qualifications needed to get the justice you deserve and the compensation you need to begin the healing process. Winter Haven victims call us first, because when accidents happen, you should always Look to Brooks.