Types of TBIs
Most people don’t realize the overwhelming scope and nature of a TBI: one second everything is normal, and in an instant, a person’s life has changed forever. Furthermore, no two brain injuries are the same, and the end result of two similar injuries may be extremely different.
A traumatic injury to the head will either be considered mild or severe, and in Arizona, it is classified according to the type of damages it causes to the skull. The three major categories are:
- Closed head injury
- Depressed skull fracture
- Compounded skull fracture
For victims who sustain a moderate or severe brain injury, the ability to take care of themselves (whether temporarily or permanently) is lost, and completing many daily tasks that are necessary to lead a full life will become very difficult.
Symptoms of a TBI
Whether mild or severe, there are many different symptoms – both physical and cognitive – that are associated with a TBI including (but not limited to):
- Headache, difficulty thinking, memory problems, attention deficits, mood swings and frustration
- Lack of motivation, energy, and the ability to do daily tasks
- Changes in your pattern of sleep
- Change in the temperature, pulse rate and/or blood pressure
- Disturbances in respiration
- Sensations of heat and cold
What You Can Do
A harsh reality of TBIs is that, in many cases, they are unpreventable. The unfortunate fact is that a majority of severe TBIs that require ongoing medical care are caused by another person’s negligent behavior/actions. There are, however, steps you can take to help prevent an injury from occurring to yourself and/or your loved ones:
- Always wear a seatbelt in a motor vehicle and use an appropriate child safety seat or a booster
- Always wear a helmet when participating in contact sports, while on open unrestrained vehicles and during activities such as skiing, snowboarding, skating and skateboarding
- Use the rails on stairways to stabilize yourself and reduce your risk of tripping and falling
- Place bars on windows to prevent children from falling and do not place obstacles in walking pathways
Who Can Help You
No matter the type or category of a TBI, the effects can be profound and the consequences to a person’s life can be dramatic. If you or someone close to you has sustained a brain injury, contact an experienced and successful Tempe Personal Injury Lawyer to help assess your rights. With over 29 years of experience, the Simon Law Group provides free and confidential consultations. Call us today at 480-745-2450 or click here to email us. Remember, experience matters and we are here to help you during this painful and difficult time.